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#301316 - 10/26/22 11:53 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Ren]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ren
"Emergency SOS via satellite might not work in places above 62° latitude, such as northern parts of Canada and Alaska."


Apple uses GlobalStar for this feature. GlobalStar does not have full worldwide coverage.

Starlink has limited coverage at the poles, Iridium has worldwide coverage.

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#301331 - 11/15/22 02:45 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
Ren Offline
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Emergency SOS via satellite available today on the iPhone 14 lineup in the US and Canada

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/11/e...hone-14-lineup/

Seems France, Germany, Ireland and UK get access in December.


Edit: Also a review.

Apple’s Satellite Emergency SOS Feature: A Review & Deep-Dive Explainer

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2022/11/apple-iphone-satellite-sos-emergency-explainer.html


Edited by Ren (11/15/22 05:24 PM)

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#301341 - 12/02/22 03:13 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
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First rescue reported.

Alaska Dept. of Public Safety, State Troopers, Public Information Office:
Daily Dispatch

More discussion here:
Apple's iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Saves Stranded Man in Alaska

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#301342 - 12/02/22 11:07 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
Ren Offline
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Above 62° latitude too. Hopefully had a dedicated device aswell.


Edited by Ren (12/02/22 11:08 PM)

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#301343 - 12/03/22 07:27 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Ren]
AKSAR Offline
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Originally Posted By: Michael2
First rescue reported.
Alaska Dept. of Public Safety, State Troopers, Public Information Office:
Daily Dispatch
More discussion here:
Apple's iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite Feature Saves Stranded Man in Alaska

Originally Posted By: Ren
Above 62° latitude too.

It is north of 62° latitude. However the second linked article has an error. Kotzebue is at about 66° north (NOT 69° as the article suggests).

Keep in mind that that part of Alaska is for the most part a very flat coastal plain. He likely had a good view of the southern horizon. The orbits of the GlobalStar satellites that the iPhone uses are optimized for the mid and lower latitudes where most of the worlds people live. In more northerly regions those satellites will be low on the southern horizon. Any hills or mountains to the south will tend to block the signal from the satellite. The 62° latitude that Apple quotes is no doubt a somewhat arbitrary figure based on your probability of seeing a satellite above the visible skyline. If this fellow had been in a more hilly (let alone mountainous) region, it probably would not have worked as well.
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#301344 - 12/03/22 08:18 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
Ren Offline
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Yeah, here's the coverage maps.

https://www.globalstar.com/en-gb/coverage-maps

Seems Apple are using data+voice services, and not SPOT service which has far wider coverage.

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#301346 - 12/10/22 06:42 AM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
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I wonder if he wrote "FIRST!" in his satellite communication...jk

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#301347 - 12/17/22 04:01 PM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
Ren Offline
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Another success. This time a car plummeted 300 feet with two occupants.

https://twitter.com/MontroseSAR/status/1602828980121325568

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#301361 - 12/28/22 01:26 AM Re: New iPhone 14 has emergency satellite connectivity [Re: Michael2]
Ren Offline
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IEEE article on how cell phones becoming sat phones

Your Cellphone Will Be a Satphone

https://spectrum.ieee.org/satellite-cellphone

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