Apple reportedly planning to expand iPhone 14 satellite features to more countries

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Apple reportedly planning to expand iPhone 14 satellite features to more countries

All four iPhone 14 models include the new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature set to roll out in November in the United States and Canada, and a new report today claims that Apple plans to expand the feature to additional countries over time.


Apple reportedly notified the Swiss website MacPrime that it plans to announce additional countries for Emergency SOS via Satellite later this year, followed by more countries next year, but it is not clear when exactly the feature will roll out in additional countries. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment on this issue.

Emergency SOS via Satellite is designed to allow iPhone 14 models to connect directly to satellite, allowing users to send text messages to emergency services when out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. When it launched in the United States and Canada, Apple said the service would be free for the first two years, which suggests that Apple may plan to charge for the service at some point in the future.

Apple says that under “ideal conditions with a direct view of the sky and horizon,” a message might take 15 seconds to send, but it can take more than a minute to send a message “under a tree with light or medium foliage.” On iPhone, this feature helps users point their iPhone at a satellite to establish a connection.

(Thanks, Steve!)

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