Apple puts earthquake warning system in Japan's iOS 5


After the disastrous 8.9-magnitude earthquake damaged Japan back in March and another smaller earthquake that hit just recently, disaster preparation is certainly something on the minds of those living in Japan. With the upcoming release of iOS 5, the Japanese have a little more help preparing for the worst. Like some Japanese phones, iOS 5 users will be able to turn on earthquake alerts that are tied to the country's early warning system.

Of course, it wouldn't be an Apple product without a tiny flaw in the feature. Keeping on the alerts will drain the battery, so you can't leave your iOS device on all the time. Still, it's better than nothing, and with the success of Apple's hardware combined with the population density of Japan, I'm sure someone nearby will have their iPhone turned on at a crucial moment. If this feature becomes widely used, perhaps Apple will work harder on making their batteries last longer.

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