Festival Attendees Can No Longer Mosh In Peace After New Apple Watch Update
Police and first responders were prepared for a certain amount of incidents to happen on the fair grounds of Bonnaroo this past weekend. The music and arts festival has been taking place in Manchester, Tennessee for over twenty years. However, they were not anticipating the excessive number of 911 calls that they received.
The reason: Apple’s new crash detection feature. The updated component of iPhones and Apple watches detects any extreme accelerations or decelerations. When it receives the signal, it dials 911 automatically and gives users 20 seconds to decline the call before reporting to local police.
After multiple unnecessary calls came in, the police concluded that the notifications were all coming from one place: Bonnaroo. A number of mosh pits and dancing triggered many of the alerts. Loud music, great vibes and,*eh hem* mood altering substances most likely aided in distracting watch wearers from noticing the alert.
Bonnaroo Guests:— Manchester Police (TN) (@ManchesterTNPD) June 15, 2023
MPD has responded to multiple accidental 911 calls at Bonnaroo. It’s likely that these calls are a result of “Crash Detection Mode”, a new feature on Apple iPhones. Please be mindful and consider deactivating this feature on your phone until Bonnaroo concludes. pic.twitter.com/pHJMsQtPgs
If you are looking to turn this feature off on your own device, you can do so by going to Settings –> Emergency SOS –> deactivate the Crash feature.
Other fast paced activities have been the catalyst of an influx of 911 calls at centers across the country. From roller coasters to skiing, the new detection system has come under fire for being a little too sensitive. Apple is planning on addressing this issue for upcoming updates.
Manchester Police saw a steady decline in crash alerts after the festival made their statement. As for the festival itself, the number of mosh pits was thankfully not affected by the change in iPhone settings.