some of the most important Upgrade on iPhone 14 It’s a discreet tool and service that, ideally, you hope you never need. Emergency SOS via satelliteApple announced in September is one such feature. i had a chance to try it.
Beyond clouds and skies, there are communications satellites flying hundreds of miles above Earth at 16,000 miles per hour. They’re too high to be seen by the human eye, but they’re there to help you (or your loved ones) if you’re stranded, hurt, or out of cell phone coverage. Your iPhone 14 can connect to these satellites to contact emergency services when you can’t make a call. You can even share your location with loved ones via satellite without sending a message.
like automotive crash detection, Emergency SOS via satellite, hope you don’t have to use it. But if you’re wondering how it works, we had a chance to test it out at Apple Park. If you want to try the service yourself, Apple has added a built-in demo mode that lets you connect to satellites without calling 911.
How to use Emergency SOS via Satellite on iPhone 14
The first thing to know about Emergency SOS via satellite is that you don’t need to know anything. The service is designed to work on its own and the interface will walk you through the process.
The second thing to know is that using Emergency SOS is the same as calling 911. In fact, that’s how it’s actually used. Dial 911. If your phone can’t connect, you’ll see the option to send a text message to emergency services via satellite. To get started, Emergency text via satellite button. (You can also go to Messages, text 911 or SOS, and tap . emergency service.)
When I tried this feature, I saw a satellite icon in the top right corner of the phone. This is usually where there is cell phone signal.
then tap emergency callSince you can’t communicate over a satellite connection like a regular phone, Apple worked with emergency dispatchers to create a form to gather critical information needed to respond. These details are compressed into a message one-third the size of his regular text so that it can be sent to satellites in low earth orbit.
Use taps to answer urgent questions in context. The types of emergencies you can choose from are:
- car or vehicle problems
- illness or injury
- lost or trapped
Depending on the emergency, various follow-up prompts and questions will be displayed. Emergency contacts can also be notified.
Then you can follow the on-screen instructions to connect to the satellite. The interface is simple and guides you on how to find satellites and stay connected. As the satellite moved, we were asked to shift left or right to maintain connection. The connection worked within 20-30 seconds, even on cloudy and rainy days. However, it can take a minute or more to connect, especially if you have bright foliage.
Once connected, your iPhone will initiate a text conversation with the emergency responder and provide emergency survey responses, location information (including elevation), important information such as medical ID and emergency contact information (if you have set it up), and Share other information. iPhone battery life.
You may be asked questions through additional messages, such as where you are or if you have any medications.
A window at the top of the screen shows the status of the satellite connection and messages. An emergency dispatcher receives your message and responds with a text. If your local emergency services don’t support text messaging, Apple has set up a relay center where operators act as intermediaries between you and emergency calls.
Which iPhone models support Emergency SOS via satellite?
This service will be available at:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
Can I try Emergency SOS via satellite?
Yes, hey. Apple has created a demo mode that allows you to connect your iPhone to satellites without calling or contacting 911. The experience is pretty much what I did, except I didn’t call emergency services.
To start the demo, go outside and open setting. Tap. Emergency SOS Scroll down to the bottom to try the demo.
The satellite emergency SOS demo turns off the cellular connection and shows a preview of the emergency survey. Again, we didn’t actually contact emergency services.
Next, I’ll show you how to find satellites in the demo. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with this feature in case you ever need it. (Plus, connecting your iPhone to your satellite is pretty cool.)
How can I share my location using satellites?
Another way to use your satellite connection on your iPhone is to share your location to let your friends and family know where you are without sending them a message.
With the “Find” app, myself tab. Expand the tab to reveal a new section. current location by satellite. Tap send locationYou will be prompted to find a satellite and connect to it. When I was trying Emergency SOS via satellite at Apple Park, this particular step took a few minutes to send my location.
Where can I use Emergency SOS via satellite?
Currently available in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) and Canada. The service will be expanded to France, Germany, Ireland and the UK next month. However, you don’t have to live in these locations to use this feature. An Emergency SOS service is also available for those visiting the US and Canada, unless you purchased your iPhone 14 in China, Hong Kong or Macau.
Can I use Emergency SOS via satellite indoors?
No. You need to be outdoors and have a direct line of sight to your iPhone and the satellites. This service does not work indoors and satellite connections may be blocked by tall buildings, mountains, dense foliage, and other objects.The Emergency SOS interface helps you find and connect to satellites.
How much does Emergency SOS via Satellite cost?
This service is free for 2 years. Beyond that, Apple has not disclosed how much it will cost or if there will actually be a charge to access the feature.
Does the iPhone 14 have satellite connectivity?
yes. All iPhone 14 models support Emergency SOS via satellite.
Which satellites are used for emergency SOS via satellite?
Apple has partnered with Globalstar, a satellite communications company headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, with facilities across the United States. This feature uses Globalstar’s low-orbit satellite network.
Apple has invested $450 million to provide key enhancements to Globalstar’s satellite network and ground stations. Globalstar has over 300 employees supporting new services.
Can iPhone be used as a satellite phone?
yes and no. The iPhone 14 series can connect to satellites to send text messages to emergency services when you can’t make calls. You can also share your location via satellite with the Find My app. However, you can’t use your iPhone to make calls like you would a dedicated satellite phone.
Can the iPhone 13 be used as a satellite phone?
No, only the iPhone 14 series supports emergency satellite connectivity.
Which iPhone is a satellite phone?
While not technically a satellite phone, the iPhone 14 series supports contacting emergency services via satellite via text message as a last resort.
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