Apple's new iPhone will let users send emergency SOS alerts via satellite


Apple's aim is to ensure that users can get help wherever they are. — AFP Relaxnews

The next generation iPhone will introduce satellite connectivity for emergency use only in areas with no cellular network coverage. Initially, this feature will be available only in the United States and Canada.

The iPhone 14 range introduces a new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature to text emergency services when users are out of cellular and WiFi coverage, such as at sea, in the mountains or in deserts, for example. Apple's aim is to ensure that users can get help wherever they are.

For this to work, it's necessary to be outside with a clear view of the sky. For help to respond in the best way, you must first report what type of emergency it is (a technical problem with your vehicle, injury or illness, being a victim of or witnessing a crime, being lost or abducted, trapped in a fire, etc).

Then, point the smartphone towards the nearest communications satellite. Instructions on the screen help properly locate the signal. Note that this technology also allows you to manually share your location by satellite with "Find My" in zones with no connectivity.

Nevertheless, Apple specifies that sending these messages can take up to several minutes, depending on the position of the satellites and obstructions such as tree cover.

This emergency alert actually takes the form of a text message. It will be transmitted to a centre staffed by Apple-trained specialists, who will be able to alert the relevant emergency services.

This service will be launched exclusively in the United States and Canada in November, and will be free for two years. Note that the next Huawei Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro smartphones – still deprived of Android and Google services – should offer a similar service. – AFP Relaxnews

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