Top US court to rule in Apple case over app monopoly

Top US court to rule in Apple case over app monopoly

Top US court to rule in Apple case over app monopoly

Apple will automatically share a user's location with emergency services when they call 911 in the future, the company said Monday.

According to the National Emergency Number Association (NEMA), out of the 240 million calls made to 911 each year, more than 80% are from mobile devices. Apple says that with the new feature - which will arrive in the fall with iOS 12 - the company already exceeds this requirement.

Apple devices provide us with the best possible location on our smartphones every day.

Call centers for several suburban jurisdictions, including Niles, Naperville, DuPage County and Cook County, are also set up to use the feature as soon as Apple launches its forthcoming operating system.

"Helping 911 services quickly and accurately assess caller location has been a major issue since my time at the FCC", Dennis Patrick, who was the FCC chairman from 1987 to 1989, said in Apple's press release. RapidSOS's IP-based data pipeline will immediately and securely share HELO location data with 911 centers, improving response times and consequently the chances of saving more lives. The good news is that it will only do so in emergency situations such as during a 911 call.

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.

Google also has its own version of the technology, called Android Emergency Location Services (ELS), available on more recent Android phones. Basically, if a user calls 911, this technology will use cell towers, Wi-Fi access points, and other connective mediums to pinpoint their exact location.

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, even in challenging, dense, urban environments. It will be turned on by default for all iOS 12 iPhone users in the USA, but Apple says it will add an opt-out option in settings.

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