Apple’s iPhone 14 will feature Emergency SOS via satellite. The functionality was previously rumoured for the iPhone 13, but now it is confirmed to be coming to the iPhone 14 in full force.
This doesn’t make your iPhone a Sat-phone, but it can be used as a last resort in the case of an emergency. The handset will use its antennas to connect to satellites, as long as you have a clear view of the sky and point your iPhone at the satellite.
You’ll be able to use a custom short text compression system that reduces message sizes by three times and answer important questions to inform emergency services what the emergency is, if anyone is injured and more.
After the iPhone connects to satellites, the message will be relayed to a ground station and then to emergency services (if they can receive messages, otherwise an Apple relay station will contact emergency services).
Apple said the feature would be available for free for two years with new iPhone 14 purchases. It will launch in November in Canada and the United States.
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