Here's a Closer Look at the iPhone 14's Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Available Today

Apple today announced that the iPhone 14's Emergency SOS via Satellite feature will begin rolling out to customers in the United States and Canada starting today, with other countries coming later next month. Alongside the announcement, Apple also gave select YouTubers and media outlets early access to the feature, offering a closer look at how it works.

Emergency SOS via Satellite iPhone YT
The service will be free for the first two years, but Apple has not said what will happen after then. To help users understand how it works, Apple has created a demo mode that allows users to experience the feature and its interface without having it active and contacting emergency services. Below, we've embedded some videos that offer a closer look at the demo mode and how the feature works.

From a technical level, Emergency SOS via Satellite works by utilizing technology built into all ‌iPhone 14‌ models that allow them to connect to satellites in orbit around the earth to contact emergency services when a user is outside cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Apple has built a new interface that allows users to send messages to emergency services over satellite using a questionnaire that asks critical questions for first responders to understand the emergency and dispatch help.

iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature
The message sent to emergency services includes a user's location, including altitude, their iPhone battery level, and their Medical ID, if they have one. The messages are sent directly to dispatchers or sent to a center of Apple‑trained specialists who can call emergency services on a user's behalf. For a more detailed dive into the feature, see our guide.

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Top Rated Comments

AppleTO Avatar
7 months ago
They gave the YouTubers early access to this to make promo videos? Lol
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
7 months ago
So who's willing to try out the SOS feature? Do we have any risk-takers here? :p
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woolypants Avatar
7 months ago
Hey everybody remember: Don't get lost outside the US or Canada!
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
7 months ago

@TheYayAreaLiving ? it showed up in my Emergency SOS settings in past hour or so. There is the test mode there showing it now is active. Normally won’t show anything else in phone or such unless you have no cell signal. But you can test the demo mode without risk and such. Will later when outside for the experience of course ;-). Have to try everything LOL

Very nice! Gotta test it out tho. I might plan a hiking trip to see how efficient and effective it is. But it’s so cold outside. I wish this feature was released in the summer.
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Kottu Avatar
7 months ago
It's not gonna take long time to see "Lost in the wilderness challenge" in TikTok.
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vikingjunior Avatar
7 months ago
For free I'll take it but a subscription is out of the question. I got better chance of being hit by lightning than being in a life threatening emergency situation without service.
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