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Apple Launches Satellite SOS Service

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Nov 15, 2022, 12:58 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Nov 15, 2022, 2:28 PM

Updated: Added mention of Find My feature.

Apple's new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is now available to use in the US and Canada. The feature is exclusive to the new iPhone 14 series. It enables short messages to be sent to local emergency dispatchers where and when cellular and Wi-Fi are unavailable. The feature includes a demo mode that lets users try out the feature connecting to a real satellite, but without bothering emergency services. There is also one non-emergency feature: users can share their location with others while off-grid using the Find My app. Apple promises to launch the service in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK by December.

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