During an “elusive” event in September, Apple struck a big deal about the ability of all four iPhone 14 models to communicate with a satellite. This allows users to send a text message to emergency services if they are involved in an accident in an area where there is no cellular service or Wi-Fi connection. When the new phones were released, they were waiting for an update that Apple said would happen sometime in November.
Apple will soon release an iOS update that will allow iPhone 14 models to connect to satellites to report an emergency
You will be asked to answer simple questions about the nature of your emergency. You can also notify your contacts in an emergency and inform your location and what emergency you are facing.
There must be no cellular or Wi-Fi service in the area for a satellite connection to be an option
Keep in mind that for Emergency SOS over satellite to work, you need to be in a place where there is no cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. And text messages sent with Emergency SOS are encrypted via satellite, meaning that only the sender and receiver of the messages know what they’re saying. The satellite connection will be maintained even if the iPhone screen is locked. And if you’re blocked and don’t have a clear line of sight to the satellite, your iPhone will tell you if you need to turn left or turn right.
So, with only 24 days left in the month, on one of those days, Apple is expected to release an iOS update that will enable iPhone 14 users to connect to the satellite system to report an emergency if there is no other way to do so. The service will be free for the first two years, Apple says, indicating that the company plans to ship the feature after that time period expires.
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