A new iPhone feature allows users to to de-tech without worrying that they’re missing urgent or important calls.
People are increasingly seeking to disconnect from the digital whirlwind, if only temporarily. At its Worldwide Developer Conference last week, Apple debuted a feature designed to help iPhone owners have it both ways: to de-tech without worrying that they’re missing urgent or important calls. Once Do Not Disturb is activated, the phone remains silent and still with the screen dark when calls, texts and push notifications are received. But users can make exceptions, letting calls come through from specific contacts or anyone who calls multiple times. Users can set a time for the feature to turn off or switch it off manually. As The Huffington Post put it, “The Do Not Disturb tool marks a refreshing admission by a tech company that we actually have a life beyond our gadgets, and … every now and again we need to trade FaceTime for face-to-face time.”