Apple announced that its new operating system, scheduled to be released in the second quarter, will offer support for advanced mobile location (AML). The technology will automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
AML, an open European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) protocol, will be included in iOS 11.3. Belgium announced the launch of AML for Android users 13 July but indicated that iPhone users should download the “112BE” smartphone app because the service is not available to Apple customers.
Last August, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) called out Apple for not adding AML to iPhones and other Apple devices. British Telecom (BT), EE and HTC first offered AML in 2014 in the United Kingdom to pinpoint the source of 9-9-9 emergency calls from mobile phones to a radius of 30 meters or less.
The developer preview of iOS 11.3 is available to iOS Developer Program members, followed by a public beta preview. iOS 11.3 will be available this spring as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad fifth generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch sixth generation.
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