One of the best things about the iPhone 14 is that it has a new Satellite SOS feature that lets you call for help and get emergency services even when you’re not near a cell tower. Soon, it will be ready for you to use.
Apple has said that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will get the Satellite SOS feature “later this month.” Apple’s posts about new tech explain how it will work and how it will be made possible. The company is teaming up with Globalstar, which has 24 satellites in low-earth orbit and works with them.
When an iPhone 14 makes a Satellite SOS request, it will connect to one of Globalstar’s satellites. The message will then be sent to a ground station. There are a lot of ground stations in key places all over the world. The message will then be sent to emergency services right away from these places. This means you can get help from the outside world even if you are stuck in the middle of nowhere.
It’s easy to see why the feature needed a little more time: the satellites have been in orbit for a while, but the ground stations, which Apple runs, need to be ready to handle user requests. Cobham Satcom makes the antennas for these stations, which Apple uses.
Later this month, you’ll be able to use it. It’s likely to be enabled with an upcoming iOS update, so keep an eye out for that.