The iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS Feature Is Now Live
Hannah Stryker / How-To Geek
The iPhone 14 was a fairly minor update, especially the non-Pro models, but it does have one unique feature: the ability to send emergency messages using satellites in Earth orbit. Now the feature is finally going live.
When the iPhone 14 started shipping in September, it included the required antenna hardware for “Emergency SOS” — where the phone can (slowly) send a message or location information from areas where cell coverage isn’t available. However, the feature wasn’t available at launch, and Apple said a few days ago that it would be available in November.
Sure enough, it’s now rolling out, as part of the iOS 16.1 update. Apple said in a press release, “Emergency SOS via satellite is available in the US and Canada starting today, November 15, and will come to France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December.”
Emergency SOS relies on a satellite network owned and operated by Globalstar, which has set aside 85% of its network capacity just for Apple. Globalstar and Apple…
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