Apple’s Emergency SOS by way of satellite tv for pc characteristic on the iPhone 14 lineup launched in November, nevertheless it was solely accessible within the U.S. and Canada.
Now, Apple has expanded that to a number of European nations: France, Germany, Eire, and the UK.
The characteristic, which is simply accessible on the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Professional, and the iPhone 14 Professional Max, permits the customers to ship an emergency SOS message by way of satellite tv for pc, even when there’s completely no different connectivity.
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We have examined it out (twice) in a managed surroundings, and it actually works. It requires the person to name 911, and when the decision would not undergo, the choice to ship an emergency textual content by way of satellite tv for pc seems. The person then has to undergo a brief survey, explaining the character of their emergency, and level the cellphone in the direction of the sky to beam the message to a satellite tv for pc. After I tried it out, it took a few seconds to ship the message, and my colleague Cecily had an identical expertise.
The characteristic may also be used to share the person’s location by way of Apple’s Discover My app.
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For this characteristic, Apple has partnered with satellite tv for pc communications firm Globalstar, and it could actually theoretically work wherever on the earth. The corporate says that help for extra nations will comply with “subsequent 12 months.”
Whereas Emergency SOS by way of satellite tv for pc is free for everybody proper now, it won’t keep that manner without end. Apple says the service is free for 2 years after you activate a brand new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Professional, and iPhone 14 Professional Max.