If you need help but there is no cellphone signal, it still functions.
Users of the iPhone 14 can now contact emergency services even when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity, and calls made via the Emergency SOS via Satellite function will be forwarded to nearby emergency services facilities.
All iPhone 14 users running iOS 16.1 in supported nations have access to Apple's Emergency SOS via Satellite service, which is free to use for two years. It is intended to enable iPhone users to place emergency calls outside when no cellular or Wi-Fi connection is available utilizing satellite connectivity.
Apple launched its Emergency SOS satellite function for the iPhone 14 in the US and Canada before bringing it to France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK, as promised. To refresh your memory, the new iPhones are equipped with a built-in satellite link that enables users to send emergency SOS messages in locations without cellular service. All iPhone 14 customers running iOS 16.1 in supported nations can access the service, which is cost-free for two years after purchase.
According to Gary Machado, CEO of the European Emergency Number Association, "it implies that a lot more people will be able to reach 112 when they have no cell coverage and need immediate assistance."
"We are certain that this will save a great number of lives and provide tremendous assistance to emergency personnel managing these frequently quite difficult rescues."
By holding down the power and volume buttons for a long time or quickly pushing the power button five times, emergency SOS via satellite can be activated. The user interface instructs you on where to position your iPhone for the greatest signal. After you establish a connection, you can send messages to emergency service providers, and the phone will also provide your location. If everything goes according to plan, you'll get a message telling you to stay put since emergency personnel have been alerted.
Using the Find My app, you may also communicate your whereabouts to family members in non-emergency situations. Users just click Send My Location after opening the Me tab and swiping up to view their location on a map. It also integrates with the Fall Detection and Crash functions of the iPhone and Apple Watch. To help you use Emergency SOS swiftly in the event of an actual emergency, there is even a demo mode.
The function might be a lifesaver for hikers, skiers, and anyone who get lost in Europe's Alps or other far-flung regions. Apple announced that support for more nations will come the following year.