Because the system that handles 911 calls was designed for landlines roughly 50 years ago, it is thought to be vulnerable to errors. Apple is hoping to help correct those errors with a new feature built into the upcoming iPhone operating system.
Coming this September, according to reports, Apple will automatically be capable of sending faster and more reliable data that identifies the exact location of emergency calls to over 6,000 emergency response centers throughout the United States.
The majority of emergency calls made in the U.S. today are made from smartphones. Considering that the antiquated system in place for receiving such calls was developed with landlines in mind has made it difficult for the analog system to accurately determine the location of calls from digital devices, thereby resulting in emergency responders being sent to locations a mile or so from the actual caller.