Apple to expand iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS via Satellite feature to more countries, report claims
Apple is planning to expand the availability of the iPhone 14’s new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature to more countries next year, according to the Swiss website MacPrime, which claims that Apple has said it will plan to expand the tool, that enables antennas to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when outside of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage out of the United States and Canada, where it will launch first in November.
With Emergency SOS via satellite, iPhone front-loads vital questions to assess the user’s situation and shows them where to point their phone to connect to a satellite. The initial questionnaire and follow-up messages are then relayed to centers staffed by Apple‑trained specialists who can call for help on the user’s behalf.
This technology also allows users to manually share their location over satellite with Find My when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
With the launch of the new service nearing, Apple has shared an introductory video on YouTube, highlighting how users can point their phone to connect to a satellite and message emergency services when in danger.