My iPhone Fell Off My Motorcycle And Told My Family I Crashed

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I love riding motorcycles, but not as much as I love my family. I’m sure many of you are riding can understand when I tell you how much I love riding my 2022 Livewire A around New York – and how much my loved ones hate it. So when my new iPhone 14 Pro Max mistakenly texted my mom, my girlfriend, and several close friends, telling them I had a terrible accidentit certainly didn’t help.

As an Apple fanboy and tech company co-founder, you better believe I picked up the new iPhone 14 Pro Max Friday, the first day of its release. I normally use a Peak Design case and mount for my motorcycles, cars and bicycles. They are a superior mounting solution that works on all my random adventures. Unfortunately, Peak Design did not have a suitable new case for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. As an alternative, the company offered an adhesive mount for use on the back of the normal phone case in the meantime.

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The next day my buddies Tim, Chris and I went on a day trip by motorcycle out of New York via Manhattan Ois Sidea Hwhatever. As we navigated around At 100 km/h, I hit a big bump and my phone flew out of its handlebar mount. My Cardo Bluetooth Helmet Speakers announcement “Your phone has been disconnected” and my music stopped playing as I looked down to see no phone on my handlebars. I should have been better informed. Normally, a Peak Design case is amazing in all situations, but I suspected the adhesive mount would be iffy. Goodbye a-daytime-old phone! There was no way I could run around highway to find my call. At least everything was backed up to the cloud.

My mates and I went to the nearest Apple store to buy a cheap iPperfecting SE to use while I took care of Aapple Care to be replaced my brand new phone. As I’m standing in the Aapple Sheartbroken, my friend Tim Harney, a natural comedian, walks in and tells me my whole family thinks I’ve had a horrible accident. I thought he was joking, but what he said was true. My adorable and supportive girlfriend had dropped everything and drove four hours of driving to find me; she, my brother and my mother were calling every hospital in New York looking for my body.

Thanks to the new crash detection feature in iPhone 14, my phone apparently texted everyone listed as “family” in my contacts, telling them I was in a car accident. The phone even called the police – all because he felt himself fall off my handlebars and thought I had crashed my motorcycle.

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After securing my new temporary phone, I immediately called everyone to let them know I was alive and safe. My poor sweet family was in tears, thinking that I had crashed my bike horribly. As you can imagine, it made my stomach ache hearing them all in such distress. And I had only been disconnected for 45 minutes!

It was good to know that crash detection really worksand that my family really loves me after all. But I hate how this harmless mishap scared them. I had no idea. I remember going to the Apple Store, playing in my head how my family would laugh at me for destroying my new iPhone 14 in less than 24 hours. Little did I know that I was unwittingly causing borderline emotional trauma to them at that exact moment.

After settling in at home at the end of the day, I checked out Apple’s “Find My iPhone” app. Apparently someone had found and recovered my telephone on the side of highway, because the app showed the phone alive and active, sitting in someone’s residence in the Bronx, 40 minutes from where I had fall this. I used the app to put my phone in “lost mode, which locks the phone and displays a callback number on the screen. BBut after 24 hours, no one called me back.

I debated my options and thought I’d take a chance, drive around, and ask nice questions on my phone. It was in my favor that the address indicated a detached house on a residential street, not a huge building where I wouldn’t have a chance of finding my phone.

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I anxiously took the 40-minute drive through town and stopped in front of the address, a lovely suburban-looking house. I knocked on the door and a young man answered me. As I told him my story, he called his father, a city employee, who informed me that he had found my phone shortly after I lost it – just as it happened. to crush. The broken filter impossible for him to see the callback number to contact me, so the gentleman just put the phone in his kitchen drawer until he knows what to do with it.

I gave my hero a cash reward and took my phone to an Apple store. He was actually in good shape, considering he was dumped on the freeway at 60 mph and run over. The body of the phone was pretty intact, thanks to my temporary phone case, but the front screen was shattered and nearly impossible to use. The Apple genius bar first told me they could fix the phone, but a manager later informed me that in fact they didn’t have spare parts or training to fix an iPhone. 14 Pro Max. The store gave me a replacement phone for a $29 deductible.

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This iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Ultra crash detection feature is awesome, especially for someone like me, who regularly drives fast cars and motorcycles on and off the track. But clearly, the technology needs work. It scared my loved ones almost to death when I was completely fine – and even worse, I had no idea someone had received this terrifying message. Wouldn’t you expect to receive a notification on your Apple Watch, allowing you to dismiss the collision alert before it causes a collective heart attack for your whole family?

I’m grateful that this crash detection technology exists, and I’m sure Apple has put a lot of time, effort and thought into its design. I know that false alarms like mine will be rare, and that the potential life-saving benefits far outweigh the disadvantages of my particular situation. But there has to be a better way to tell real crashes from phone crashes. One thing is clear: I’m buying a sturdier phone holder before I take another ride on the Wis Sidea Hwhatever.


Douglas Sonders is a producer in immersive advertising and technology spaces. He has spent decades telling award-winning stories of automotive brands and manufacturers through photography, film and immersive experiences. He currently owns and cobbles together a 2008 land-built GX470, a 1990 Porsche 911 C4 Widebody Safari 911, and a 2022 Livewire One.

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