The iPhone 14 The lineup brings a pair of security features to Apple phones in the form of emergency SOS via satellite and fault detection. Intrepid iPhone owners are already putting the latter feature to the test, while Apple plans to add a way to try out the former ability as well.
Specifically, the upcoming iOS 16.1 update will add an experimental mode for Apple devices SOS emergency via satellite Property. This is actually very important because the only other way to test the feature is to call emergency services – which is illegal unless you are in an actual emergency.
Meanwhile, Crash Detection is already well under way, with mixed results based on several YouTube testers posting simulated car crash videos. With Crash Detection, your iPhone 14 should be able to call emergency services when the sensors in the phone detect a malfunction, but not every tester has been able to trigger this alert.
Here’s a closer look at how the iPhone 14’s big security additions are shaping up.
Emergency SOS via satellite: How it works and what you can test
Emergency SOS was part of iPhones before the iPhone 14, allowing you to press a series of buttons to initiate a call to emergency services. For recent iPhones, this can be done by pressing the wake button on the right side of the device and then pressing the volume down or volume up button on the left until the screen appears. On that screen, you get the option to swipe on the “Emergency SOS” slider, which will call nearby emergency services.
The iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS Satellite feature eliminates the need for a cellular connection. Instead, you will be directed to create an overhead satellite line of sight with the help of on-screen directions. You will then be able to use this satellite to send an emergency text message to both emergency services as well as emergency contacts.
On paper, the feature seems like a huge benefit for outdoor enthusiasts who sometimes go off the beaten path — but there is a catch. Satellite communications can be very moody. Apple says that while the feature can be up and running in less than 15 seconds, heavy foliage and obstructions can make the feature unusable.
The Emergency SOS will not operate via satellite until November, and will be limited to the United States and Canada initially. (It could expand to other countries before the end of the year, though.) But you’ll be able to test it out once iOS 16.1 arrives this fall, thanks to a satellite connection rendering that appeared in beta 3 of the software update.
according to 9to5Mac تقرير Report (Opens in a new tab)You will be able to use the satellite connection demo anywhere, not just in remote locations without a cellular connection. Using the demo feature will allow you to learn how to find a satellite connection when you are not facing an actual emergency. It is also a way to explore the feature without actually calling emergency services.
Troubleshooting on iPhone 14: Mixed results so far
Fault detection uses the existing Emergency SOS functionality, rather than Satellite Emergency SOS, which is why people have been able to test the feature now. Essentially, using the iPhone 14 sensors, Crash Detection determines if you’ve made a rapid change in speed or direction, which would indicate a car accident. Loud noises and pressure changes can also trigger fault detection.
Fault detection tests are producing some mixed results so far. Video fault detection test (Opens in a new tab) From all angles it did not go as expected.
However, while these two people weren’t able to trigger the Emergency SOS alert via fault detection, other YouTubers did. The team at TechRax Fault detection test Last week, they were able to trigger the Emergency SOS alert twice – but not without some false starts and hiccups. In a low-speed crash, there was some delay before the SOS emergency alarm would start the countdown.
iPhone 14 Security Features: Outlook
While these iPhone 14 features are incredible, it is clear that there are still some issues that need to be resolved. A lot of this is due to the fact that the technology is new – none of these features are available in the iPhone competition. Ultimately, we’ll have to wait and see if Apple can significantly improve both emergency SOS over satellite and fault detection to deliver more consistent results or if the surrounding technology is currently very limited.
#iPhone #beta #mode #Emergency #SOS #satellite