Apple, in its Pro variant in the iPhone 14 series, has launched a new Satellite Connectivity feature that comes in handy in any emergency. It sends an SOS message whenever a user runs out of cellular network and needs help. The feature will be available for all devices selling in the United States and Canada. The company has recently reported that it will release the feature in iPhones in other countries by the end of this year.
According to the report, the Satellite Connectivity feature will be released in November for the iPhones in US and Canada. Apple announced the Satellite Connectivity feature at the ‘far out’ event. This feature will be free of charge for the first two years and then it will be charged for every use.
iPhone 14’s new feature comes with conditions
iPhone has introduced a new feature that allows its user to send SOS messages in an emergency whenever the user’s cellular network runs out. But there are certain conditions accompanying this feature such that the iPhone is required to be in outdoors under the clear sky. The user will be instructed in the direction the device must be pointed in the sky. The concerned person will get the SOS message in 15 seconds of being sent. This feature is said to be useful for hikers who trek on high mountains.
The satellite phones connect directly to a group of satellites, whereas conventional cell phones have a network of ground-based cell towers that transmit and receive signals
Steps to use satellite communication feature of iPhone 14
- If unable to make emergency calls on a cellular carrier network, tap Emergency Text via satellite.
- You can text emergency services via satellite:
- Tap Emergency Text via Satellite.
- You can also go to Messages to text 911 or SOS, then tap Emergency Services.
- Tap Report Emergency.
- Using simple taps, answer the emergency questions to best describe your situation.
- You can also choose to notify your emergency contacts that you contacted emergency services, along with your location and the nature of your emergency.
- To connect to a satellite, follow the onscreen instructions.
- After you’re connected, continue following the onscreen instructions to stay connected while you send your message to emergency services.
Once you’re connected, your iPhone starts a text conversation with emergency responders by sharing critical information like your Medical ID and emergency contact information (if you have set them up), the emergency questionnaire answers, your location (including elevation), and remaining battery life for your iPhone.