Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Yes, and thank you. But why it’s still a dial in and not single button access is baffling.
Because the world is more complex than the damn US, and even in the US, not everything warrants calling 911. Why do Americans always think the entire world ticks by their clocks?
In Europe there are separate emergency numbers for Police, Ambulance, Road Side Assistance and Fire (which means FASTER service)
Because there are sometimes highway emergency numbers.
Because how would you know what number to dial, and this question isn't asked for no reason, Apple gets this already wrong with other things: based on your region settings? Based on the SIM card? Based on location services?
Region settings won't work, because people like to retain their preferred date and language settings no matter where they are.
SIM card won't work, because people roam, even internationally.
Location services won't work, because there are situations where you may have to call non-local emergency services and location services may be turned off to save power and aren't always reliable. Further e.g. in Europe you spend a lot of time near national borders. You may be in the German mobile network, while being on Austrian ground. What's the German police going to do with an emergency call originating from Austria?
Side note about how Apple gets region settings on iOS wrong:
There's no way to specify date and phone number formatting, except by fishing for a region that has the formatting you like, in my case English-language Maltese settings. I'm not in Malta, I'm in the US, and sometimes in other parts of Europe.
But what does Apple do? Default to Google Malta in searches (google.com.mt instead of google.com), places me randomly to Malta in various apps, etc.
Apple's overzealous drive at simplification which already screwed up AppleIDs royally (people ARE not an e-mail address, people HAVE an e-mail address, i.e. mixing up HAS-A and IS-A relationships) strikes again: region settings for formatting dates and times have nothing to do with where I am, or if these are default location settings, then my default location has nothing to do with how I want things formatted on screen. But Apple, trying to simplify is more and more falling into the trap of oversimplification which then creates trouble.
I'm glad they haven't yet fallen into that trap with emergency dialing, but if you give them some time, they will eventually implement emergency dialing just like you propose with a single button, and eventually people will die, because that won't cover the complex situations life throws at us in reality.