Apple launches tool to track people movement to curb coronavirus spread

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City. (Reuters)

Apple said on Tuesday it has released a tool based on Apple Maps that will help governments fight the spread of coronavirus by showing the change in volume of people driving, walking or taking public transit.

Maps does not associate mobility data with a user’s Apple ID, and Apple does not keep a history of where a user has been, it added.

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On Friday, Apple and Alphabet’s Google said that they would work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into a system that catalogs other phones they have been near.

The two Silicon Valley companies make the world’s dominant smartphone operating systems for iPhones and Android devices.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54