Apple Launches iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature in Six More Countries - Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal
With the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, Apple announced a new feature called Emergency SOS via satellite. If you’re in the United States or Canada, your iPhone 14 has the ability to connect straight to a satellite above you and send out text messages and your location to emergency services when required. Needless to say that this is a lifesaving feature.
Initially, the feature was limited to the United States and Canada and was only recently expanded to the UK, Ireland, Germany and France. Today, Apple has announced that it’s expanding the list further by bringing the feature to the following six countries:
This feature will only work as long as you have an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone Pro or the iPhone 14 Pro Max. No other iPhone models are supported as it requires special hardware to communicate with the satellite in earth’s orbit.
If you haven’t used it before, Emergency SOS is super easy to use and iOS will walk you through how you can use it. Just go to Settings > Emergency SOS on your iPhone 14 phone and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need a clear line of sight to the sky otherwise the feature will simply fail - higher the better as nearby objects such as plantation, housing, buildings and more can hinder with the operation of this feature.
Apple has a pretty detailed document highlighting how the feature works. We highly recommend that you go through it especially if your country is now included in the list of those that support Emergency SOS. You never know when this feature might end up saving your or someone else’s life. There are plenty of real-life examples out there how this feature actually has helped people.
This announcement comes alongside a new color for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus - yellow. If you were holding back from buying an iPhone because you knew Apple might announce a new color, it’s your moment to shine. Rest assured that Apple won’t announce a new color after this announcement at all. We will be going straight to the iPhone 15 lineup of phones in a few months.Continue Reading