Apple Adds Earthquake Early Warning System to iOS 5 For Japanese Users

With Japan still recovering from the devastating earthquakes and subsequent tsunami of earlier this year, early warning systems are very much of use to those living in the country. Japan is one of the countries most at risk when it comes to earthquakes, and anything that can help save lives is obviously priceless.

According to 9to5 Mac, Apple is now doing its part to help the warn its users of impending earthquakes, by adding a new setting to the upcoming iOS 5, which is due to be released to the public some time next month…

The new feature comes in the form of a simple On/Off switch at the bottom of the Notification Center settings, which toggles the early warning notifications on and off. The setting offers notifications anywhere, between seconds to a few minutes, before the earthquake hits, and the software ties straight into Japan’s own systems.

Apple does warn that the feature could reduce battery life due to the constant network connection that it requires, but we’re sure you’ll agree, that’s a small price to pay.