9to5 Mac reports today that iOS 5 will feature an earthquake early warning notification option for iPhone and iPad owners in Japan. When enabled by flicking a switch, the notifications will appear at the bottom of the iOS 5 Notification Center settings screen. The user will then receive direct warnings and notifications from Japan’s official advanced earthquake early warning system, which, according to a Time article quoted by 9to5 Mac, is able to detect tremors and calculate an earthquake’s epicentre, among other things. As 9to5 Mac notes, the fact that Apple has taken the care to build this in as a standard feature for iOS devices in Japan is reminiscent of the way in which the company showed such strong support following the earthquake and tsunami, not only for its staff members in Japan, but also for members of the public caught up in the tragedy, by opening up the Apple stores in Tokyo so that anyone could use the computers to email friends and family in the time of crisis. Nice one Apple!
Source: iOS 5 includes early earthquake warning notifications for Japanese iPhone users | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence