According to a PCMag story, future iPhone updates may include more satellite-powered functions. Apple partner Globalstar indicates in an FCC file that it wants to increase the number of iPhone capabilities that are powered by satellite. With the iPhone 14 series, Apple debuted the emergency SOS through satellite capability. When out of range of cellular and Wi-Fi networks, one can use the feature to text emergency services by sending Emergency SOS via satellite.

The Find My app also allows users to share their location with others through satellite. The capability might be expanded to voice calls and the internet, according to the article. The FCC petition provides feedback on a scheme by T-Mobile and SpaceX to provide “unmodified” T-Mobile cellphones with satellite internet services.

How to make use of Apple’s satellite-based Emergency SOS capability?

  1. Hold your phone in your hand naturally. You don’t have to lift your arm, but you also shouldn’t put it in a pocket or a backpack.
  2. In order to have a clear view of the sky and the horizon, you must be outside.
  3. Be mindful that thick branches may obstruct the connection while trees with light leaves may slow it down. Mountains, canyons, and high buildings can all interfere with the connection.
  4. Your iPhone offers assistance if you need to turn left, right, or walk to go around a blocked signal.
  5. Just follow the onscreen directions.

Even when the screen of your phone is locked, the satellite connection can still be maintained.

Once you’re connected, your iPhone initiates a text conversation with emergency personnel, sharing crucial information such as your location (including altitude), remaining iPhone battery life, emergency questionnaire answers, and medical ID and emergency contact information (if you’ve set them up).

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