Apple Releases Emergency SOS Feature in United States and Canada with More Regions to Follow

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With the rollout of Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone 14 users in the United States and Canada today, consumers in other locations may feel left out, but this is merely a temporary situation. The function will be accessible in two nations at first, according to the business, but it will soon be available in more.

A earlier story said that Apple will soon make Emergency SOS available through satellite in additional nations, but no exact date was specified. Fortunately, the business has made those specifics available to you, along with the areas where the satellite capability will be extended.

Emergency SOS via satellite and Find My via satellite are available today in the US and Canada, and will be available in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December. The service will be included for free for two years starting at the time of activation of a new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.”

Owners of iPhone 14s must update to iOS 16.1 in order to begin utilising Emergency SOS via satellite. Additionally, Apple was generous enough to provide us with a comprehensive understanding of the requirements for the functionality to function at its best. It will take some time for the signals to travel through both media because to the great distance between you and the satellite.

It may take up to 15 seconds for messages to arrive in ideal circumstances, defined by Apple as an unobstructed sky with few to no barriers. If there are emergency services close by, they will react appropriately and help you in any way they can.

When it unveiled the iPhone 14 series in September, Apple also revealed the emergency function. Apple said last week that it will invest $450 million with American businesses to make the service possible, with the bulk of the funds going to Globalstar, a satellite operator with headquarters in Louisiana.

Emergency SOS via satellite is not flawless; users will inevitably experience frustration while trying to connect to a satellite that is in range. We are convinced that advancements will be made soon, and it won’t surprise us if rivals Samsung and Xiaomi introduce the same functionality to their premium smartphone families in the years to come.

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