Users will be able to access this feature for free for a period of two years
Emergency satellite connection in iOS 16 (9to5mac)
Apple's new satellite connection service, called Emergency SOS, could reach the iPhone 14and 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 United States and Canada.< /p>
This additional feature, which was announced by Apple during the presentation of the latest models of iPhone 14, Plus, Pro and Pro Max, will have a period of two years in which it can be used for freefor the users of these devices and their availability will depend on their being able to connect to the satellitesestablished for this purpose.
According to what was indicated during the presentation of Apple devices, it was stated that the service would take approximately 15 seconds to send an emergency message under clear skies and that Globalstar, a company owner of a satellite system, will be in charge of providing this service to iPhone users.
FILE PHOTO: A man holds an iPhone 14 as Apple Inc's new models go on sale at an Apple store in Beijing, China, September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo
How Emergency SOS will work
The name of Emergency SOSmeans 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 or trusted contacts in these situations . Also, this is not an application that will allow calls, but will be limited to sending short text messages.
The decision to leave out the < b>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.
The emergency satellite connection will only be possible in the event of a lack of Wi-Fi connection or absence of telephone service. (Apple)
In order to initiate the satellite connection, users will need to enter the functionality and follow the instructions for pairing with a satellite. This involves pointing the device in the direction of one. Additionally, once emergency services are contacted for help, the devices will be able to send an estimated location to their closest contacts.
Communications through messages will support the use of Latin characters and will be supported in American English, American Spanish and Canadian French.
“The launch of Emergency SOS via satellite directly to iPhones is a generational advance in satellite communications”, said Jay Monroe, the CEO of Globalstar, a company allied to Apple for this service.
The company Globalstar will be in charge of providing the satellite connection service to the devices from Apple. (Apple)
Monroe also added that Apple's investment in infrastructure 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 who reside in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada. Its free use will be general for all people who have an 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 in other countries will be able to access this service, but they will only be able to do so once they enter the United States.
The iPhone 14 Plus has not been as successful as expected, and Apple would have stopped its production