Apple has activated the satellite emergency message feature for the iPhone 14 series
Apple announced a few hours ago that iPhone 14 series users in America and Canada can use the ability to send satellite emergency messages from today. Next month, users living in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK will also be able to use this feature. This feature allows users to call emergency services even in areas where there is no mobile signal or internet access. Although you usually face such conditions far from the city, on the other hand, you may lose the possibility of using mobile signal and internet after a natural disaster occurs in the city, which leads to the interruption of electricity and communications.
The way this feature works is that first a questionnaire is presented to answer the necessary questions. For example, we can answer questions about how many people need help and so on. This information is sent directly to the desired emergency services, and the centers that do not have the ability to receive text messages, can receive the desired information through Apple's servers.
Given that these satellites have low bandwidth, Apple successfully compresses the data. It has been possible to reduce the volume of texts by 300%. However, it takes up to 15 seconds to send a text, which may take longer if you don't have a clear view of the sky.
In addition to the answers to the questions, if you put your medical information on the iPhone, this information is also sent to the other party. For example, you can mention your drug allergies in this section. On the other hand, you should specify the possibility of placing 10 contacts as emergency contacts to whom you will be able to send messages via satellite. Point to the desired satellite, Apple has also provided a demo mode for training and preparation of users so that users are already familiar with how to use this feature. Also, thanks to this feature, users can share their location with their friends and family through the new feature of the Find My app and using satellite. This feature has been activated for all models of the iPhone 14 series, and to use it, these phones must be equipped with iOS 16.1 or newer versions. It should be noted that iPhones purchased from China, Hong Kong and Macau do not support this feature.
Apple has announced that if the iPhones in question were purchased before the activation of this feature, they can use it for up to two years without paying any fees. take advantage of it. But in the meantime, it is not yet clear what amount Apple wants to charge for providing this feature.
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