The “SOS emergency call via satellite” function for the iPhone 14 is now also available in Germany. Apple announces this. You can find out how to try out the potentially life-saving function here.
- If you’re in an area without cellular coverage or Wi-Fi, you can still make an emergency call.
- This also works with the iPhone 14 in Germany, France, Great Britain and Ireland.
- An iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max with iOS 16.1 or later is required.
- Location information can also be shared via the Where is? function.
A man was traveling in a remote area of Alaska with no cell phone service when an emergency suddenly struck. Nevertheless, he could make an emergency call in his dangerous situation – thanks to the Apple feature SOS emergency call via satellite. Apple is now announcing that the function is now available in other countries, including Germany.
This is how the technology works in an emergency
In order to be prepared for the eventuality, it is worthwhile to deal with the technology and how it works. However, making an emergency call via satellite is not complicated. You don’t even have to enter “112” on the keypad. In an emergency, simply hold down the power button and one of the two volume buttons for a short time and you will get to the corresponding menu.
If there is no mobile network or WLAN available nearby, the satellite connection is established automatically. Graphical hints facilitate the optimal alignment of the iPhone. You can use a menu to send the rescue crew important information about your state of health and the nature of the emergency.
In addition to this information, the message sent by the iPhone also contains information about your location, the battery level and information from your iOS emergency pass. This message is received by Apple employees, who then alert local emergency services. If desired, a message can also be forwarded to your own emergency contacts. In addition, sharing your own location via the Find My app possible.
Also what is expected for September 2023 iPhone 15 will most likely rely on this technology.
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