Not long ago, Apple officially announced that it will hold an autumn conference on September 7 (1:00 a.m. on September 8th in China). The iPhone 14 series smartphones are coming, and the Apple poster also hinted at the three major features of the new phone. One of the features is the satellite network service feature which will offer mobile services even in remote areas. This means that remote areas without 4G and 5G network coverage can also access the Internet. According to reports, the satellite communication function will allow the iPhone to send short messages to emergency contacts through the satellite network without going through the carrier. With this device, users can have access to satellite services even when there is no 4G/5G signal coverage.
iPhone 14 satellite network – a life-saving feature
At the same time, with the help of the satellite system, some positioning operations can be performed on the scene without a signal. This service is convenient for calling for help and rescue. This function is very useful in some emergency situations, such as the time of disconnection after a disaster, when trapped in a mountain, etc. It is equivalent to a “life-saving function” under special circumstances.
Coincidentally, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has also recently launched mobile satellite Internet access. It is hard not to guess whether there will be cooperation between the two, but it is unlikely that Apple’s satellite service provider is SpaceX at present. It is the US satellite communication operator Globalstar, which provides satellite networking services for the iPhone 14. Even if Apple supports satellite Internet access on the iPhone 14, it is not as easy to use when there is no 4G/5G coverage as everyone imagines. It is likely to be just a simple text message transmission, not a large-scale high-speed Internet service. In the best-case scenario, this service will be able to make phone calls and that’s it.