Summary of iPhone 14 Satellite Emergency SOS Feature
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At the autumn new product launch in the early morning, Apple solemnly introduced the “Emergency SOS via Satellite” function introduced by the iPhone 14 series of smartphones.
It is designed to help users send SOS messages via satellite in the absence of Wi-Fi or cellular coverage necessary.
If you are interested in its specific workflow, then you may wish to take a look at the following content compiled by MacRumors.
(via MacRumors )
1 – In what circumstances does it work?
When the user is out of Wi-Fi or cellular coverage, SOS messages can be sent via the satellite connection if necessary.
2 – Applicable scenarios:
Apple says the Emergency SOS via satellite is designed for use in scenarios with open skies. If there are trees or buildings nearby, the actual performance experience may be affected.
3 – Message Options:
The feature cannot make calls over a satellite connection, but can send short messages. iPhone comes preloaded with important problem assessment options to immediately send SOS information to emergency responders during the brief satellite connection window.
4 – Function interface:
Apple created an algorithm that compresses the content of a message to 1/3 of its original size to make communication as efficient as possible.
If it is in an emergency service area that can receive SMS, the SMS can be sent directly, otherwise it will go through the relay center, and experts trained by Apple will help users make emergency calls.
5 – Time Delay:
Apple said that in a clear view of the sky, a message can be sent within 15 seconds when it goes well. If there are obstacles, it may take a few minutes.
6 – Find My Integration:
By borrowing a satellite connection in the absence of a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, iPhone users can also easily share their location through the Find My service, providing an extra layer of security for those camping or hiking in remote areas.
Introducing Emergency SOS via satellite – Apple
7 – Collision Detection:
The iPhone 14 series smartphones are equipped with a new dual-core accelerometer capable of detecting G values up to 256. There is also a high dynamic range gyroscope, both of which are suitable for collision detection.
As a partner for satellite emergency assistance, if the user has an accident such as a car accident in a remote area, the integration of these two functions will provide better assistance.
8 – Global Satellite Partners:
According to documents Apple filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after the launch, the Cupertino tech giant is working with Globalstar to develop satellite connectivity.
Globalstar will serve as a satellite carrier partner for Apple’s mobile devices and has agreed to reserve 85 percent of the company’s current and future network capacity for iPhone smartphones.
In addition, under the contract, Globalstar will provide all service and maintenance support including personnel, software, satellite systems, etc., maintaining minimum quality and coverage standards.
9 – Service Pricing:
Apple has not disclosed the tariff details of this satellite SOS distress function, but only said that users of all iPhone 14 smartphones can experience it for free for two years.
10- Service applicable area:
iPhone 14 consumers in North America (US and Canada) will be the first to enjoy Emergency SOS via Satellite service.
But even if the service isn’t available in the place where consumers bought the plane, they can still use the satellite for emergency help when roaming to the US and Canada.
Also note that Emergency SOS via Satellite may not be available at latitudes greater than 62° – such as northern Canada and Alaska.
11 – Service launch time:
Finally, Apple plans to officially launch the Emergency SOS via Satellite service in November this year.
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