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Apple iOS 11.3 gets AML support, will automatically send location to emergency services

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The latest Apple iOS 11.3 update supports Advanced Mobile Location (AML) that automatically sends a user’s location to emergency services when the user calls.

“Additional iOS 11.3 features include support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported,” Apple wrote in a blog post.

The feature activates GPS and Wi-Fi services when someone calls any emergency number and then sends a text with the caller’s precise location to responders.

AML is not currently supported in the US, but iOS device users in the UK, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Lithuania and some parts of Lower Austria can take advantage, according to The Verge. Notably, all Android smartphones running Gingerbread Operating System (OS) and above support AML.

The upcoming Apple iOS 11.3 update will also offer features such as giving users the power to control their batteries, Augmented Reality (AR) upgrade and Animoji. A major feature will be to show battery health and recommend when a battery needs to be serviced.

Users can also see if the power management feature – first introduced in iOS 10.2.1 – is on and can choose to turn it off, the company said. This feature is available for devices such as iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

In the new update, Apple ARKit, the company’s AR development platform which could only recognise horizontal surfaces while placing virtual objects, gets support to identify vertical objects.

 

(Written with inputs from IANS)