Apple’s latest iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models feature various improvements over their predecessors. One of the major additions that Apple announced on stage is Emergency SOS via satellite that allows users to contact emergency services through satellite communication where no cellular or WiFi connections are available. Today, we’re reporting the first case where iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS feature saved the life of a man stranded in Alaska. Scroll down to read more details on this topic.
A man stranded in Alaska sent an emergency SOS via satellite using his life-saving iPhone 14
On the morning of December 1, Alaskan troopers received an alert that a stranded man was traveling by snowmobile from Norvik to Kotzebue. The man was in a cold and remote location with no cellular connection when he activated the emergency SOS feature via satellite on his iPhone 14. The alert was sent to the authorities and he received the required assistance in a timely manner.
The rescue team found the man in a remote location where satellite communication was available but limited. According to Apple, satellite connection may not be available in areas higher than 62 degrees latitude. In contrast, Norvik and Kotzebue lie close to 69 degrees latitude. The rescue team arrived at the site with amazing accuracy and “the completeness of the information given in the initial alert”.
The iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS feature worked with local search authorities along with the Northwest Arctic Search and Rescue Coordinator to send researchers GPS coordinates. If you’re not familiar, the Emergency SOS feature via satellite is available on all iPhone 14 models. It can be activated in times of need when network solutions like WiFi or cellular are not available. At this point, the feature is free to use for two years but the company will add a plan when it sees fit. Satellite connectivity is currently available in North America and the company will expand it to other regions in the near future.
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