Calling 911 from your iPhone? With iOS 12, Apple will send your precise location automatically


Both Android and iOS already offer Advanced Mobile Location (AML) services, sending the best geolocation your phone can muster to emergency services when you call the local number, yet Apple is taking things to the next level with iOS 12.

With the newest software update for your iPhone and iPad this fall, Apple's partnership with the RapidSOS service will be embedded on a system level, and you won't need to download the adjacent app to send even more precise coordinates when you call 911. The service, as you could have guessed from the emergency number mention, is for US users only (Europe has its own 112 number), and works as a supplement to the current AML mapping dispatchers are used to.

Thus, every time an iPhone user calls 911, advanced location pinning will be delivered faster to dispatch centers that are integrated with the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse, and emergency services in 35 states have already done so. 


A lot of the time, the current AML system delivers imprecise location or is unable to pinpoint the caller's whereabouts quickly, and Apple's RapidSOS integration into iOS 12 comes to the rescue.

source: RapidSOS

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30 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Excellent feature. Hope it makes it into the final release.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

While that sounds really nice there's something inside me that feels this is another baby step to the big brother nanny state....

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Very necessary life saving feature. Every phone should have that.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agreed bro. Like the heart rate alert, these are features all smart devices should have.

23. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

They will by 2022(21? 24? I forgot). The FCC made it a requirement for all devices to have this built into the OS by said year. Some police department dispatchers don't have the infrastructure yet so this wont work with the first adopters (Apple), but many places do, and like you said..great feature. Android will be required to do this in the US by the year requirement placed by the FCC.

25. cmdacos

Posts: 4221; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Android will be fine considering Google announced this several months ago... Flame war somewhere else.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool feature to me.

28. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

I was informing. Maybe if you weren't busy being some insecure child lmfao, you wouldn't feel that way. I genuinely feel sorry for you.

30. sissy246

Posts: 7121; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree Will be great on any phone.

8. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 123; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Emergency number in my country is the same, Myanmar

16. Whitedot

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

that is smart

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So only 911 and US soil gets the feature?

24. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

This is required in Canada already. Read comment #23 for more info.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4221; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Required yes but networks have until 2020 to allow the info to transfer.

22. gamehead unregistered

This wasnt already implemented?

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