Apple revealed today that it will debut emergency SOS services on the iPhone 14 series in more regions. This means that the satellite connectivity feature will now be available in these regions. The countries are Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The company reveals that this feature will be available later this month. The company made this announcement just after revealing the new yellow colour option of the iPhone 14 series.
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The use of Satellite connectivity needs an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max. This feature was first made available in the United States and Canada in November. In December, it was also made available in France, Germany, Ireland, Canada and the U.K.
The function allows users of iPhone 14 models to link to Globalstar satellites, allowing them to SMS emergency services from locations without mobile connection or Wi-Fi access. Apple issues a warning that communications may take longer to send or may not be sent at all. Also, the company warns that satellite links might not function above 62° latitude. After the iPhone 14 is enabled, the service can be used without charge for two years.
iPhone 14/Pro satellite connectivity service cost $450 million
Apple says that the cost of creating this tech was $450 million. This fund offers support for people, facilities, and tools. Users may send text texts over the satellite network using the satellite SOS rescue service. This, according to Apple, needs a complete satellite network. A number of contact centres in the United States and Canada will also be part of the deal.
Apple also reveals the $450 million’s purpose. The company asserts that it will add greatly to the Globalstar satellite network. This is relevant to ground sites in Texas, Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, and Puerto Rico. All Globalstar sites will get new antennas as part of facility costs. These strong transmitters come from Concord, California-based Cobham Satcom.