During the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro launch event, Apple stated that the new Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users in the United States and Canada.
Apple unveiled the new iPhone 14 series at a ‘Far out’ event. Every year, the American brand highlights one particular feature that it considers revolutionary. This year, it was satellite connectivity, which is unheard of in the smartphone world.
This new feature was designed primarily for emergency situations where cellular connectivity is not available. This new feature is available on both the Pro and non-Pro iPhone 14 smartphones. Follow more updates on Hostspotnews.com
Satellite phones typically resemble wireless phones from the late 1980s. They need large antennas to connect you to the satellite. However, Apple was able to fit all of that equipment into the relatively small footprint of the new Apple iPhone 14 series. But how exactly does it all work?
Apple iPhone 14 series Satellite feature explained
Apple claims that the new Apple iPhone 14 lineup includes the new Emergency SOS via satellite, thanks to some custom components that are deeply integrated with the -software.
This configuration allows antennas to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when cellular or Wi-Fi coverage is unavailable.
Satellite connectivity, unlike cellular connectivity, takes some time to establish. Aside from that, knowing where to point the device is essential for maintaining a stable connection.
This is because satellites are moving targets with limited bandwidth. Messages could take minutes to reach their destination.
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This SOS satellite service will only be used in emergency situations. To make the most of the user’s limited connectivity, iPhones will pre-load a few critical questions to assess the user’s situation.
In addition, the phone will use a specific interface to show them where to point their phone in order to connect to a satellite.
The initial questionnaire and subsequent messages are then routed to centres staffed by Apple trained specialists who can contact Apple on the user’s behalf. This technology also allows users to manually share their location with Find My via satellite when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection, which is useful when camping off the grid.
Will it be available in India?
During the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro launch event, Apple stated that the new Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users in the United States and Canada in November, and that the service will be free for two years.
The company stated that this feature will be available in other countries, but there was no mention of India.
Apple may need to wait longer for approvals for this new satellite feature to be activated in India. Users who import satellite phones must obtain permission from the Department of Transportation before using them.