Apple’s Emergency SOS link puts it into the satellite fight with SpaceX and more

Two screenshots of Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite feature, one of which explains the feature and another that shows the phone trying to locate a satellite.
Its agreement with Globalstar gives it some real power. | Image: Apple

After Apple’s announcement that the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro can send messages via satellite in emergency situations, it’s becoming clear that the company hasn’t just introduced a new feature. In typical fashion, it’s also practically overnight become a key player in a new industry by getting heavily involved with satellite communications by adding Emergency SOS via satellite.

Apple has partnered with Globalstar for its satellite operations, and it plans on using the company’s 24-satellite constellation to run its service, confirming the long-running rumors about its plans for the Band 53 / n53 communications. In practice, this means that Apple has joined the litany of companies attempting to “eliminate dead zones,” as T-Mobile put it when…

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Author: Mitchell Clark