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iOS 6: Enhancements to Phone, Do Not Disturb

As part of iOS 6, Apple will be rolling out several enhancements to the iPhone’s Phone application and offering a new notification setting called Do Not Disturb, The Phone application will now offer users the option of replying with a message or reminding them later should they choose not to answer a call. Both features have a number of built-in options, with preset text messages available for the first and reminder options based on time or location for the latter. In addition, iOS 6 will add a new feature called Do Not Disturb to the Settings app near notifications. The feature will allow users to set scheduled Do Not Disturb times, with fine-grained control over what calls should be allowed.

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1

This alone is the single greatest feature of IOS6. As a parent, I have my iPhone near the bed at night (no more land line) for the singular purpose of emergency calls from ONLY my children or parents or spouse. Now the smartphone is finally getting smart!

Posted by drakebullet on June 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM (CDT)

2

what if your children cannot call you, and the police or hospital is calling?

Posted by Jacques Martins on June 12, 2012 at 7:33 AM (CDT)

3

Do Not Disturb also allows calls from a number that has called twice within 3 minutes.  Hopefully police or neighbors would try twice.

Posted by Heyjp on June 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM (CDT)

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That thought had occurred to me as well, although the downside is that it won’t work for blocked or unavailable numbers, which are used by many police stations and hospitals, since the iPHone can’t keep track of who is calling.

Regardless, the feature is entirely optional, so it’s just as easy for people who are concerned about missing emergency calls to simply leave it off.  Note as well that it appears you can configure Do Not Disturb to allow ALL phone calls while blocking other types of notifications.  This is probably a much more practical way to use the feature unless you typically get random phone calls during the night.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM (CDT)

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