Apple’s new satellite connection service, called Emergency S.O.S.could reach iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro from the Cupertino company in the coming weeks. According to a statement issued by the company, it is estimated that the function would be available to users in the final days of the month of november for the territories of USA and Canada.
This additional feature, which was announced by Manzana during the presentation of the most recent models of iPhone 14, Plus, Pro and Pro Max, it will have a period of two years in which it can be used in a free for the users of these devices and their availability will depend on their being able to connect to the satellites established for it.
According to what was indicated during the presentation of the Manzanait was indicated that the service would take approximately 15 seconds in sending an emergency message with a clear sky and that globalstara company that owns a satellite system, will be in charge of providing this service to users of iPhone.
How Emergency SOS will work
The name of Emergency S.O.S. means that it will be a dedicated service for emergencies in which the user is not in an area with access to a cellular network and cannot otherwise communicate with family members or trusted contacts in these situations. Also, this is not an application that will allow you to make calls, but will be limited to sending text messages short.
The decision to set aside calls It is because this service is based on emergency care and sending a text message is much faster so that the incident is attended to by the emergency services as soon as possible.
In order to start the satellite connection, users will have to enter the functionality and follow the instructions to link with a satellite. This involves pointing the device in the direction of one. Additionally, once emergency services are contacted for help, devices will be able to send an estimated location to their contacts closest.
communications through messages they will support the use of Latin characters and there will be support for American English, American Spanish and Canadian French.
“The launch of Emergency S.O.S. via satellite directly to the iPhone it is a generational advance in satellite communications”, said Jay Monroe, the executive president of Globalstar, a company allied to Manzana for this service.
Monroe also added that the investment in infrastructure of Manzana was important to the development of this feature, as “we have grown our teams in California and elsewhere to build, expand, and upgrade our ground stations, and we look forward to the next chapter in the technology that saves lives of globalstar”.
The function can only be used by users residing in USA (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada. Its free use will be general for all people who have a iPhone 14, although only for a period of two years. It is not yet known if this service will have a monthly or annual price after that time.
On the other hand, all iPhone 14 devices that have been purchased and are currently located in other countries will be able to access this service, but they will only be able to do so once they enter USA.
The iPhone 14 Plus has not had the expected success, and Apple would have stopped its production