iOS 6 to Deliver National Emergency Alerts

National emergency alerts will be accessible to iPhone and iPad users via iOS 6 beginning this fall. From matters covering natural disasters to national defense, Wireless Emergency Alerts are now capable of blanketing the nation where most Americans are at all times – on or near their iDevice. The Emergency Management website was the first …   Read More

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National emergency alerts will be accessible to iPhone and iPad users via iOS 6 beginning this fall.

From matters covering natural disasters to national defense, Wireless Emergency Alerts are now capable of blanketing the nation where most Americans are at all times – on or near their iDevice.

The Emergency Management website was the first to discover the new capability in iOS 6. According to their blog, “Government Alerts” is the iOS 6 interface for what’s known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) or Commercial Mobile Alerting System (CMAS).

So, the stage has been set for a consistently growing number of people in the US to have capability to receive alerts from local, state, and federal officials through the initiative led by FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) program.

iOS 6-compatible devices include the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G, iPad 2, and the third generation iPad.

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2 comments

  1. Candice

    What about Android users? They are the larger piece of the smartphone market in the US. Seems unwise to only launch this with iOS.

    1. bradleyjx

      This just means that Apple will be integrating IPAWS/CMAS/WEA into iOS with the 6.0 update. FEMA/FCC/etc are just building the interface which companies can plug into to help disseminate emergency info.

      It appears that Android doesn't have the capability yet, so it would need to be coming in a future software release as well. The problem is that with the release/update model many manufacturers are choosing for Android, (where ~8% use 4.0+, which was released 8 months ago) if 5.0 was released today and had IPAWS integration, you may not have it on a phone even released this holiday season.

      Odds are even if 5.0 did have full integration, no phone in the wild today (outside the Nexus phones) would receive the update.

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