Apple has today confirmed that the iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is now live for users in the United States and Canada, while more countries will get the feature starting next month.
Emergency SOS via Satellite is available on all iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models and allows people to call for help even when they don’t have WiFi or cellular connectivity.
It sends a small amount of data to satellites which then relay it to a ground center. Help is then dispatched as required.
While Apple said the feature would arrive in November when it announced the new iPhones in September, no word was given on an international launch. Now, Apple has confirmed that France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK will all get support for Emergency SOS via Satellite in December.
Apple today announced its groundbreaking safety service Emergency SOS via satellite is now available to customers in the US and Canada. Available on all iPhone 14 models, the innovative technology enables users to message with emergency services while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, if users want to reassure friends and family of their whereabouts while traveling off the grid, they can now open the Find My app and share their location via satellite.
Apple has also announced a demo mode for the feature, giving people the chance to learn how to use it before they need it. No emergency services will be summoned when using the demo feature for obvious reasons.
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