Siri will call the police when you say ‘Charge my phone to 100%’

Well, this is slightly alarming.

A newly discovered bug in Apple’s iOS will call emergency services when a user asks its voice assistant Siri to “charge my phone to 100%,” as reported by The Verge. After you make the request, your iPhone will give you a five-second window to cancel the call.

If you ask Siri to “charge my phone” and then say a phone number, or a contact’s name, it will call that number. If you ask Siri to “charge my phone” and then say a phone number, or a contact’s name, it will call that number. Similarly, if you ask Siri to “charge my phone to 99%,” it will attempt to call 99 — which isn’t a phone number.

Perhaps the issue stems from Siri misinterpreting “charge my phone” as “call,” and “100%” as 911. Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.

News of the bug surfaced on Twitter earlier this week, with some users encouraging others to ask Siri to charge their devices, without noting what the end result would be.

Siri is no stranger to quirky bugs and throwing intentional shade, but while her sass is often cute and funny, this latest issue could be dangerous and could instigate a flurry of prank or unintentional calls to authorities. Prank 911 calls can result in fines or jail time in many jurisdictions.

To confirm the issue, Mashable tested the request on both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6S, running with iOS 8.4. It also worked on the beta version of iOS 9 with an iPhone 5S. Meanwhile, if you ask the question using Siri on an Apple Watch, it prompts you to call emergency services using Handoff on your iPhone.

It’s unclear why someone would ask Siri to charge their phone in the first place, but it could explain why this error is only being discovered now.  for more information please click this link

 

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