In the first known case of using Apple’s Emergency SOS service via satellite, an American man was able to save his life after being stranded in Alaska. The Apple iPhone 14 feature “Emergency SOS via satellite” saved the life of an American man stranded in the countryside. In iOS 16.1, Apple introduced an Emergency SOS feature via satellite. This will allow an iPhone 14 owner to contact emergency services without cellular or his WiFi connection.
According to MacRumors, Alaska State Troopers received a warning on Dec. 1 that a man was stranded while plowing from Noorvik to Kotzebue.
In a cold, remote area with no connectivity, the man activated an emergency SOS via satellite on his iPhone 14 to alert authorities to his plight.
Apple’s emergency response center with local search and rescue teams dispatches volunteer search parties directly to the GPS coordinates relayed to Apple using the Emergency feature.
According to reports, the man was safely rescued and was not injured. He was in a remote area with limited satellite coverage.
Noorvik and Kotzebue are near latitude 69Ao, according to Apple, so satellite connections may not be available in places above latitude 62Ao, such as Canada and northern Alaska, the report adds.
Last month, Apple revealed it had invested $450 million in developing critical infrastructure to support Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone 14 models.
Satellite connectivity is currently available in North America, and the company plans to expand to France, Germany, Ireland and the UK soon.