During the “Far out” event in September, Apple made a big fuss about the ability of all four iPhone 14 models to connect to a satellite. This allows users to send a text message to emergency services in the event they are involved in an accident that occurs in an area without cellular service or Wi-Fi connectivity. When the new phones launched, they were waiting for an update that Apple said would take place sometime in November.
Apple repeats this in a Support page
; on the website, the company states: “To use Emergency SOS via satellite, you need an iPhone 14 model. It will also require an iOS 16 software update in November 2022.” well we know it can’t be iOS 16.1 because that update was released in October
. And Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has already stated that he expects an iOS 16.2 release in mid-December.
Apple will soon release the iOS update that will allow iPhone 14 models to connect to satellites to report an emergency
According to MacRumors
, we should expect the Emergency SOS update via satellite to appear with the iOS 16.1.1 update that Apple is already testing. This update includes a fix to fix issues related to Wi-Fi connectivity and another fix for an issue related to Apple’s SKAdNetwork advertising framework. With the holiday season fast approaching, Apple will likely want to make Emergency SOS via satellite available to iPhone 14 users before they start hitting the roads for Thanksgiving dinner.
Apple’s support page suggests that if you’re in an emergency, try to call for help at first, even if there appears to be no cellular connection. If the call cannot be made, the next step is to send a text message to the emergency services via satellite. Reporting an emergency requires you to tap Satellite Emergency Text. You can also go to Messages to text 911 or SOS, then tap Emergency Services. Click on “Report Emergency”.
You will be asked to answer simple questions about the nature of your emergency. You can also notify your emergency contacts and tell them your location and the emergency you are facing.
There must be no cellular or Wi-Fi service in the area for satellite connectivity to be an option
explains: “Once you’re connected, your iPhone initiates a text conversation with emergency services by sharing critical information like your medical ID and emergency contact information (if you’ve set them up), emergency questionnaire responses, your location (including elevation) and the remaining battery life of your iPhone.” You should also know that if you have a clear view of the sky, messages can arrive in just 15 seconds. If the signal has to pass through trees with light or medium foliage, it can take more than a minute for the message to be sent.
Please note that for Emergency SOS via Satellite to work, you must be in a place without cellular coverage and Wi-Fi. And text messages sent via Emergency SOS via satellite are encrypted, meaning only the sender and recipient of the messages know what they say. A satellite connection will be maintained even if your iPhone screen is locked. And if you’re blocked and don’t have a clear line of sight to the satellite, iPhone will tell you if you need to turn left or right.
So, with only 24 days left in the month, on one of those days, Apple is expected to release the iOS update that will allow iPhone 14 users to connect to a satellite system to report an emergency if there is no other way to do so. . The service will be free for the first two years, Apple says, which would indicate the company plans to charge for the feature after that time period expires.