Apple is trying to solve a potentially risky emergency response infrastructure problem.
Apple today announced it will also use emergency technology company RapidSOS's Internet Protocol-based data pipeline to quickly and securely share HELO location data with 911 centers, improving response time when lives and property are at risk.
Apple announced today the new feature - which will be USA -only at launch and available on iPhone 5 models and newer - would make it so that a caller's location will be automatically and even more precisely shared with first responders.
Apple is beta-testing a new feature called "USB restricted mode" created to improve the security of their devices against all kinds of potential intruders.
Emergency calling centers, however, don't get that detailed location information from mobile 911 calls. "When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance". The feature, which enhances Apple's Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO) system, will automatically share your location with emergency responders, so they know exactly where to find you.
Individual call centers will each have to embrace the technology required to communicate with the RapidSOS clearinghouse.
Apple stressed that the data could only be used for emergency purposes and the 911 center's access to user locations will be restricted to the duration of 911 calls.
Some centers already have the compatible software, according to Apple, but others will have to install upgrades to their existing software.