Apple has announced that its new iPhone 14 models include a feature which allows users to send an Emergency SOS via satellite to text emergency services when they are away from wifi and cellular coverage.
It says Emergency SOS via satellite can help users connect with emergency services under exceptional circumstances when no other means of reaching emergency services are available. If a user calls or texts emergency services and can’t connect because they’re outside the range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, the iPhone tries to connect via satellite to summon help.
It explains, “When you use a satellite connection, the experience is different than sending or receiving a message via cellular. In ideal conditions with a direct view of the sky and the horizon, a message might take 15 seconds to send, and over a minute to send under trees with light or medium foliage. If you’re under heavy foliage or surrounded by other obstructions, you might not be able to connect to a satellite. Connection times can also be impacted by your surroundings, the length of your message, and the status and availability of the satellite network.”
Emergency SOS via satellite will be available with an iOS 16 software update coming in November 2022.
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