Apple has announced a new iOS 12 feature - but it's US-only.

Coming this autumn, the just-revealed feature will allow your iPhone to share your location with first responders. This will happen automatically when you dial 911. The goal here is to reduce emergency response times. Apple said that roughly 80 per cent of emergency calls in the US are now made from a mobile phone, but “outdated” infrastructure makes it hard for 911 centres to determine a caller’s location.

Apple, of course, reiterated its focus on user privacy, by explaining user data "cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose". You see, the new feature in iOS 12 actually builds on Apple's Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO) system launched in 2015. Essentially, Apple is working with emergency tech company RapidSOS to "quickly and securely share HELO location data with 911 centers".

"RapidSOS’s system will deliver the emergency location data of iOS users by integrating with many 911 centers’ existing software," Apple said. For more of the technical details, see Apple's announcement here. If you want to know more about iOS 12, see our guide here.

Apple is expected to roll out iOS 12 shortly after announcing its next iPhone models this autumn, likely in September.

ee.co.uk - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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