iOS 5 to Include Early Earthquake Warnings in Japan

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When iOS 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is released later this year, it will include a tie-in to Japan’s earthquake early warning notification system. Earlier versions of iOS don’t include the feature, making iPhone owners in Japan rely on third-party apps for earthquake alerts.

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Users will be able to choose whether or not they want to enable the feature, according to 9 to 5 Mac, just like other iOS features such as Location Services.

Apple said iOS 5 will ship this fall, but hasn’t announced an actual release date yet. The update is, however, generally expected to roll out some time in September or October along with a new version of the iPhone.

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The feature has been rolling out across Japanese cell phones for the last 2 years or so, including notably NTT DoCoMo and Softbank phones, and is now required on Japan-made cell phones.
Some quick research suggests Apple is the first non-Japan phone maker to add the feature to its OS.

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