Published on November 15, 2023, 5:02 pm
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Apple has made an exciting announcement for iPhone 14 users. The tech giant is extending the free period for its satellite-based Emergency SOS feature, providing one additional year of this service. Initially, when the safety service was launched, iPhone 14 customers were given two free years. However, Apple did not extend the free period for iPhone 15 users, who will have until September 2024 when their two years end.
The Emergency SOS feature allows compatible iPhone users to communicate with nearby emergency services even when they are off the grid. To initiate this, users simply need to point their phone at the satellite and select from preset messages detailing the nature of the emergency or whether medical assistance is required. Additionally, Apple also offers an orientation app that helps users locate the satellite if it is out of sight.
While Apple has not disclosed the pricing details after the expiration of the extended free period, this extension does give them more time to decide on a pricing strategy.
Last year, this feature was made available on all iPhone 14 models in several countries including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It has recently been rolled out in Australia and New Zealand as well, bringing the total number of countries where it is available to 16.
This latest announcement comes just a couple of months after Apple introduced Roadside Assistance via satellite. This new feature builds upon the existing Emergency SOS function by connecting users to AAA (American Automobile Association) in situations where they find themselves outside cellular and Wi-Fi coverage areas.
As Apple continues to innovate and expand its range of services aimed at enhancing user safety and convenience,
customers around the world eagerly await further developments in this field.
Original article posted by Fox News