Those who got one of the iPhone 14 models launched this fall will, in the event of an emergency, be able to use the satellite SOS service that allows you to call for help when the cellular network is out of range.
For those going on an adventure away from cellular networks, this new satellite calling functionality is it Iphone 14 It becomes a good selling point compared to competing devices.
No additional software is required to establish the connection. People are connected directly to emergency services equipped to receive text messages. If that is not possible, their messages are relayed to teams of Apple-trained specialists, who relay them to a call center that only supports voice calls.
When not calling 911, Satellite SOS’s emergency function displays a simple window prompting the person in distress to answer vital questions, as in these screenshots.
The data sent includes location, altitude, iPhone battery level, and Medical ID (if enabled).
Everything is sent via satellite to send services that accept text messages or relayed to teams directly at Apple that can call for help in place of the person in distress.
To this end, the iPhone 14s contains components and software to connect it to satellite frequencies without the need to use an external antenna. Data is also compressed to reduce data size by 300%.
Interestingly, the service “Emergency SOS by Satellite” makes it possible to send and receive messages in just 15 seconds when the sky is clear. With the built-in Satellite SOS emergency demo, people who want to get a feel for the service and experience how it works can test their iPhone’s satellite connection by establishing a connection with a real satellite within range without calling for help. “.
If there is a widespread outage (natural disaster or otherwise) from using the 911 service by cellular, iPhone 14 owners will be able to use Urgence SOS via satellite.
In addition, people who want to reassure their loved ones when traveling off the grid can share their location via satellite using the Find My app.
Users can open the Me tab of the app, swipe up to view My Satellite Location, and tap Share My Location.
The service is available in the US and Canadian markets, and will expand to France, Germany, Ireland and the UK in December.
Two years of free service with activation of an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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