Apple Adds Early Earthquake Warning Notifications for Japanese iOS Users
Earlier this year Steve Jobs wrote a personal letter of support
to those affected by the earthquake in Japan. Apple has extended the support from shelter, supplies, and donations to implementing native support for early earthquake notifications in iOS 5.
Japanese iOS users can turn the early notifications feature on via a slider at the bottom of the Notification Center settings page in iOS 5. The early notification system is directly connected to Japan's earthquake warning system, the most advanced in the world (warns of earthquakes seconds to minutes before impact), and when turned on can be drain on battery life. A small price to pay for one's safety.
Early earthquake notification apps already exist in the App Store, and provide the same service as Apple's newly added notification option. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the other applications when iOS 5 makes its debut later this year. Whatever the case, Japanese iOS users will soon have another way to be alerted in case of another earthquake.