Since the announcement of the launch of the new iPhone 14 and its Plus, Pro and Pro Max models, it was known that these devices manufactured by Manzana would have a functionality that would allow establishing a satellite connection with help services in cases of emergency in which there is no signal from a telephone operator.
Although this feature has not been available in the smartphones since its arrival at the company’s official stores, this could change in future updates of the operating system iOS 16 Well, according to 9to5mac, the third beta version of iOS 16.1 would include a demonstration of how this system would work.
This functionality, which could be launched soon as a Test in October with the update of iOS 16.1, will allow users to explore how the full version of the feature would work. The initial release alongside iOS version 16.1 will not allow actual contact with an emergency service. The feature hasn’t been officially released until at least november of this year.
This preview, according to the website mentioned above, will serve as instructions for users to learn how to use the application in a real emergency scenario.
Access to this function will be available at any time through the Emergency SOS menu, located within the application of Setting once the option is enabled with the next operating system update. To do this, users must be outdoors and with a clear sky to be able to find the satellite connection.
How will the satellite connection work on the iPhone 14
During the presentation of the new iPhone 14 modelsApple indicated that this feature will be used only for emergencies and cannot be done phone callsbut text messages will be used to contact emergency services in places and situations in which the access to the service of cellular operators it’s not possible.
In order to start the satellite connection, users must enter the functionality and follow the instructions for linking with a satellite. This involves pointing the device in the direction of one. In addition, once emergency services are contacted to ask for helpdevices will be able to send an estimated location to their closest contacts.
According to the company, each text message can take around 15 seconds to be sent and, in case of interference from trees, this time can be extended up to a minute.
Communications by means of messages will support the use of Latin characters and will be supported in American English, American Spanish and Canadian French.
This service, as indicated in the Far Out event of Manzana in early September, it will only be available to users residing in United States (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada and its free use will be general for all people who have an iPhone 14, although only for a period of two years.
In the event that users have purchased their iPhone 14 in other countries, the emergency satellite connectivity service will be activated only when they enter US territory unless they have been purchased in China, according to Apple on its official website. .