Still looking for new iOS 6 features? Then you’re in luck, because we’ve just come across one that you might not have seen yet: Government Alerts.

That’s right, it looks like the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile OS includes built-in support for AMBER alerts, and other emergency notifications…

For those of you who aren’t familiar with AMBER alerts, they are sent out to the public on the suspicion of a child abduction. Then there’s general emergency alerts, which are typically issued during severe weather or other life-endangering events.

From the looks of the above screenshot, users will have the option to receive these alerts natively via push notifications in iOS 6 — something that could come in handy for folks who aren’t constantly around local news sources.

It’s not known, however, how Apple will go about implementing this feature in the public release of iOS 6. It doesn’t appear to be available on all devices in the beta (we’re not seeing it on ours, anyways), and obviously government alerts are going to be country-specific.

Regardless, this is definitely a step in the right direction. These push notifications have the potential to prevent injuries — say in the event a hurricane or tornado is approaching — or even save lives. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.


  • JerseyD

    Good idea but don’t think I’d want to keep them on. Also if you have an iPhone your kind of always around a news source.


    WOW !! Now I really can’t wait to update … Who wants widgets, themes and a whole host of Cydia tweaks implemented into iOS 6 when they give us goodies like this.

    • Sarcam doen’t work on the Internet my friend.

      • Irfan Tarique

        Maybe he is serious

  • Doesn’t show up on my devices either.

  • John Wickham

    I’m running the beta on my iPhone 4 and don’t see this ether…

    • Squint harder.

      • Gus Clelland

        Does it work in nz?
        It ain’t comin up 4 me, I have iOS 6 beta 4

  • For the past couple of years, people in Tokyo have been getting earthquake warnings, sometimes early warnings, pushed to there phones from the carriers and not just smartphones.

  • It been out for a time in the other devices .

  • Finally! Why would I want a jailbreak when I can receive weather alerts! Upgrading right when this comes out!

  • I see it on my iPhone 4S, but not on my 4 or iPad 3rd gen (all three have iOS 6).

  • Wael Abdo

    will that be available around the world? or in selected countries only?

    • Loopthree

      LOL. Do you really need to ask?

      • Wael Abdo

        just maybe :D, hoping!

  • maurid

    Does Apple not know what the people want? Every year the same mistakes. Apple customers need a revolutionary like Jobs, pronto.

  • This is a good feature. Although I’m not getting it on my beta version yet.

  • So when a Zombie outbreak happens, iPhone users will know first. TAKE THAT ANDROID!

  • wabbott

    Oh, goodie! Now not only can the NSA track where I am at any given time, they can send me messages from the President and I can’t turn them off! Wow…just like 1984 and the Hunger Games! Cool! Maybe next they’ll put in a feature to be able to observe me using my phone’s camera! I really am not trying to go tinfoil hat, but these people are both irritating and creepy at the same time. It’s like they truly do not understand the uproar about Snowden and NSA surveillance. They just do not get it at all.