This new iOS 12 feature could save your life

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To reflect this change, Apple has announced that through its software upgrade, users will automatically be able to share their location when they dial 911, in a bid to reduce emergency response times and accurately provide their location, anywhere across the US. Only the 911 calling centers will be able to see the data during the call, and none of it can be used for non-emergency purposes, according to Apple. Security is still a big concern for Apple, which has assured its fan base that the sharing of the user's locations strictly to the duration of the phone call to the emergency services.

What Apple and RapidSOS are doing is essentially providing the aging service with a crutch so that it can continue doing its job.

"When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance", he added.

This isn't Apple's first emergency feature. To address that situation, wireless operators for more than a decade have been working to meet the FCC's E911 requirements, which are created to deliver mobile users' locations to the "public safety answering points", or PSAPs, where 911 operators work. HELO uses a device's Global Positioning System and cell towers to estimate a 911 caller's location. It will be turned on by default for all iOS 12 iPhone users in the U.S., but Apple says it will add an opt-out option in settings.

RapidSOS has already introduced an application onto Apple's App Store, called RapidSOS Haven, that does much of what iOS 12 intends to introduce, however the update will finally bake it directly into the operating system. The feature can't be accessed for non-emergency calls.

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The FCC requires carriers to locate callers to within 50 meters at least 80 percent of the time by 2021. iOS location services are capable of exceeding this requirement today.

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

The case could impact the multibillion-dollar app ecosystem, and efforts by companies like Apple to establish a so-called "walled garden" for software on their devices.

Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who invested in RapidSOS and became one of the company's advisors, said the way location is shared is similar to the way Uber can deliver a taxi to your front door.

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