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Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite feature has been rolled out to several European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The announcement was made via a press release on Apple’s website, where the company revealed that users will need an iPhone 14 running iOS 16.4 to access the feature.
The Emergency SOS via satellite feature was first announced at WWDC 2022 and has been eagerly anticipated by many iPhone users. It is a combination of an iOS app, hardware within the iPhone 14 range, and the network of Globalstar satellites plus ground stations and staff.
When a user finds themselves in a dire situation and in need of emergency services but without Wi-Fi or cellular service, the Emergency SOS via satellite feature comes into play. It will automatically appear when a user tries to call emergency services and will ask a user several initial questions to determine the nature of the emergency.
This feature is a game-changer for iPhone users who frequently travel to remote areas where Wi-Fi or cellular service is limited or non-existent. With Emergency SOS via satellite, they can rest assured that they will be able to contact emergency services if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation.
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Apple first expanded this feature into select countries in December of last year, allowing users in the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany to get help without a network connection. The recent expansion into six additional European countries demonstrates Apple’s commitment to providing its users with the latest technology and services to keep them safe.