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Apple is set to demo its Emergency SOS feature via satellite with the release of iOS 16.1 for iPhone 14 users.
The iOS 16.1 update will include a “Satellite Demo” so that users can try satellite connections without having to call 911.
The company released iOS 16.1 beta 3 for developers. With this feature, users will be able to see how Emergency SOS works via satellite without having to go to a remote area with no Wi-Fi or cellular signal, reports 9to5Mac.
An update to Emergency SOS via Satellite is expected to be released in October, with satellite features available in November.
‘Satellite demo’ can be accessed at any time via the SOS emergency menu in the Settings app when available.
The iOS 16.1 update also has Clean Energy Charging, Live Activities API, early support for the Matter protocol, and the ability to delete the Wallet app.
Emergency SOS via satellite combines proprietary components deeply integrated with software to allow antennas to connect directly to the satellite, allowing emergency services to be messaged when out of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.
According to Apple, Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users in the US and Canada in November, and the service will be free for two years.