Apple also stated that the Emergency SOS through satellite feature is spreading to six additional nations after releasing a new iPhone 14 in the color yellow. The program was initially introduced in November for the US and Canada, and it has since expanded to include countries including France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and Canada. It will also reach following nations later this month:
- United Kingdom
An exclusive feature for the iPhone 14 series, Emergency SOS via satellite, was introduced. It is expected to be added to additional iPhone models in the future. When cellular and Wi-Fi coverage is unavailable, this feature enables users to notify emergency services using a mix of specially created parts and tightly linked software.
Also, users may launch the Find My app and broadcast their position via satellite if they wish to reassure friends and family of their whereabouts when off the grid.
“Some of the most well-liked destinations are remote and have no cellular service. When the function was introduced last November, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said it was an essential feature that may offer consumers the assistance they want when they are off the grid. “Our staff put in countless hours to overcome a fresh set of technological obstacles in order to launch this service and construct a solid physical infrastructure. Only the iPhone 14 series offers Emergency SOS via satellite, a ground-breaking feature and fresh innovation that we believe will give our consumers some piece of mind.
How Emergency SOS via satellite works ?
Using Emergency SOS via satellite, if a user is unable to contact emergency services because there is no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage accessible, an intuitive interface for getting help through satellite displays on their iPhone. In order to guarantee that dispatchers can immediately comprehend a user’s status and location, a brief questionnaire displays to allow the user to respond to important questions with a few easy touches. Apple carefully collaborated with experts to evaluate methods and standard inquiries to determine the most frequent causes for emergency service calls.
After completing the questionnaire, the user’s iPhone is connected and the first message is sent thanks to the user-friendly interface’s instructions. The user’s survey results, location, including altitude, iPhone battery level, and Medical ID, if enabled, are all included in this message. The survey and any subsequent messages are sent immediately by satellite to text-messaging dispatchers or relay centers manned by Apple-trained professionals who can call for assistance on the user’s behalf. To update the user’s emergency contacts, the transcript can also be sent to them.
Apple said it will reveal in the future how much it will charge to maintain the maintenance of this function beyond the initial two years of free usage of this feature. The yellow iPhone 14 will be on sale the following Tuesday.