This new iOS 12 feature could save your life

Apple to Provide More Precise Location Data for iPhone 911 Calls

What's more, only the 911 center will have access to the user's location, which could prove helpful in saving lives. This grants them the ability to quickly and securely share data with iPhones sporting the latest update, hopefully improving upon the response times of police, fire and emergency healthcare services.

The justices said they would hear Apple's appeal of a lower court's ruling that revived the proposed class-action lawsuit by iPhone buyers over commissions that the Cupertino, California-based technology company receives through its App Store.

More than 240 million 911 calls are made each year, handled in the U.S.by around 6,000 call centers managing 25,000 different software systems. To redress the fact that most 911 call centers have trouble locating such calls, Apple is collaborating with RapidSOS, an emergency tech company which adds a "data pipeline" through which the company can feed its Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO) data to emergency services.

RapidSOS is now working with those centers to get its technology in place.

iOS 12 will also allow users to see how much time they spend on their phone, and what apps they use the most.

Apps like Uber and Snapchat often keep tabs on their user's location easily, but services like 911 have a harder time detecting the same information. Currently, Apple uses what it calls Hybridized Emergency Location to estimate a 911 caller's whereabouts with the help of Global Positioning System and nearby Wi-Fi access points. The new feature aims to expedite that process by automatically sharing location data. "This advancement from Apple and RapidSOS will be transformative for emergency response in the United States". "It has not made the evolution into the digital era", said former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who is an investor in RapidSOS.

There's no doubt the new 911 system in the USA will benefit countless users each year.

Question: if that's the route you really want Apple to go, can't you just swap your iOS device for an Android phone and then take a happy, satisfied breath and be done with it?

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