Apple announces the deployment of the satellite connection in the United States and Canada. But the most important information is that his service will land in France from December.
One of the novelties of iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max was the SOS function and locate by satellite, since the smartphones from Apple now have a satellite connection. Until now, there have been rumors ofextended availability of the satellite connectionwhich were therefore confirmed.
Emergency SOS and Locate by satellite arrive in France in December
Apple announces that satellite features of its iPhone are now deployed in the United States and Canada since November 15. The company takes the opportunity to indicate that it will also be available ” in France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom in December “. A deployment that could be effective via the next iOS 16 update.
In the Press release, we learn that the service will also be free for two years for people in France who have purchased one of the iPhone 14s. This trial period will begin from the date of availability of the satellite connection. It will be necessarya prioristart paying for a subscription from December 2024. For the moment, we do not know the prices of said subscription.
An emergency service that operates via satellite connection
As a reminder, this feature allows iPhone 14 users to send messages to emergency services via Emergency SOS or call them even when there is no mobile network or internet connection.
Also, the satellite connection makes it possible to share the position of the iPhone (and thus its own position) in Locate app (Find My), to his relatives for example. It is actually an option offered for two years and then paid for by users. Finally, this servicealso works with other safety features available on iPhone and Apple Watch, including collision detection and fall detection“. Let’s hope that this accident detection does not trigger during a roller coaster ride.
An important function of iPhone
To manage to deploy this satellite connection, Apple has put the small dishes in the big ones. The apple brand called on the Globalstar company, also based in the United States, investing more than 450 million dollars to the point of monopolizing 95% of the Globalstar network, which is a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit.
During announcement of the latest iPhones moreover, Elon Musk had declared to be in talks with Apple for a potential use of the Starlink network in order to use it with smartphones, what is technically possible today. Since then, we have no news about it, Elon Musk is surely very taken by Twitter.
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