Apple Lets You Practice Sending Emergency SOS Texts Via Satellite In New Demo Mode

Emergency SOS via Satellite and the demo mode are both available today in the United States and Canada.

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Apple Lets You Practice Sending Emergency SOS Texts Via Satellite In New Demo Mode

One of the most notable updates to the iPhone 14 series this year was Emergency SOS via satellite.

If you are in need of assistance and are outside of cellular coverage, it allows you to send text messages to emergency services via satellite.

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The company hopes you never need to use the service, but if you are injured and in need of rescue in the wilderness, it can be frustrating if you are unfamiliar with a tool you expected to be useful.

Apple is releasing a demo mode of Emergency SOS via Satellite today so that members of the public can see how it works.

After updating your iPhone 14 (or 14 Plus, 14 Pro, or 14 Pro Max), you’ll need to go to Settings > Emergency SOS to find the Demo.

It’s worth investigating because not many people will know what to expect or that the first step is to dial 911 rather than looking for an app.

You won’t be connected to a real emergency services agent or relay center if you use demo mode; instead, the company’s system will route demo users to a server that sends canned responses. This keeps people from clogging up actual call centers.

In addition to a controlled preview on Apple’s campus earlier this year, I tried the satellite communications feature for myself at a special demo last week in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

I was able to locate and connect to passing satellites and experience how long it would take to have a text conversation with an agent using iPhones that Apple had modified to disable cellular services.

Not only did I learn how much slower satellite transmissions were compared to cellular, but I also learned how to convey information about my situation in as few words as possible.

Apple does not advise you to try this yourself (i.e. find a place without any cellular coverage just to see what the experience is like). Instead, this demo mode is for those who are curious about the interface and how it works.

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Emergency SOS via Satellite and the demo mode are both available today in the United States and Canada.

Apple also announced that the service will be expanded to France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom in December.

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