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Apple to expand iPhone 14’s satellite functionality to other countries!

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The new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is available on all four iPhone 14 versions. It will go live in November in the US and Canada. According to a brand-new report, Apple intends to eventually roll out the capability to other nations.

Apple reportedly informed Swiss website MacPrime that it plans to announce additional countries for Emergency SOS via Satellite later this year, followed by even more countries next year, but it’s unclear exactly when the feature would actually launch in additional countries.

Integrated into the Emergency SOS and Crash Detection on the iPhone 14 series (comparison), the function utilizes satellite connection to contact authorities during emergencies and in places where WiFi or cellular networks are unavailable. You’ll also be able to share your location with select contacts through the Find My app.

Satellite Feature of the iPhone 14

The brand new iPhone 14 series brings a new feature of Satellite Functionality. This will allow you to send A short text message in case of problems. Actually, this option is only an emergency feature.

According to the brand, Apple says that in just 15 seconds, someone in danger can alert emergency services of their situation. These may be the latter The victim can easily be identified.

The American company has also provided some details on how this innovation works. He explains that the satellite option can Use in open spaces. With a clear view of the sky. The brand clarified that there may be some fluctuations in the presence of trees or vegetation. But even if there are buildings in the area.

For now, this new option is available on iPhone 14. But it is not extended to all countries. It is accessible US and Canada only for now. However, that could change for the better.

Apple Satellite Feature will Expand to other regions by December 2022

A new report suggests that Apple may bring it to other regions by the end of 2022. Apple shared with MacPrime its plans to include other countries for the satellite connectivity feature “this year” and other additional regions in 2023. However, the report did not specify which countries will be part of the feature’s coverage expansion. 

The feature itself is free for two years for those that bought the iPhone 14 series in North America, though Apple has not revealed whether it will be a paid service after that period has ended. Many tech insiders even speculated that Apple intentionally gave that 2-year grace period because the company itself has not yet decided on whether to monetize the service.

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