As travel starts to pick up again following lockdown, Apple Maps is now alerting users who travel internationally of localized self-isolation guidance.
The feature was pointed out on Twitter by Kyle Seth Gray. Gray said he received the message after being at the airport. The pop-up notification points users to official guidance online. It also includes a message that advised Gray he should “stay home and watch [his] health for 14 days” in accordance with rules.
Apple Maps now sends you a notification if you’ve recently been to an airport pic.twitter.com/BJSs2c6CQM
— Kyle Seth Gray (@kylesethgray) July 24, 2020
Apple has taken multiple steps to advise users during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, it began showing coronavirus testing locations on Apple Maps. It also released a mobility data trends tool, based on data from Apple Maps, to show the extent to which people around the world are staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
More notably, Apple teamed with Google to launch a coronavirus track-and-trace API. However, only three states in the U.S. have so far said they will use it — and none have yet implemented it.
This measure, on the other hand, doesn’t require states to act to develop their own app and roll it out to users. Instead, it’s a push notification that can be sent out to users right away. And hopefully help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the process.
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