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iPhone 14, Apple Watch get off-grid comms, Apple Watch Ultra goes the distance for endurance athletes

iPhone 14, Apple Watch get off-grid comms, Apple Watch Ultra goes the distance for endurance athletes

iPhone 14 launched this afternoon as anticipated — so did Apple Watch Series 8, SE, and Ultra. And they add things like satellite communication and…

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iPhone 14 launched this afternoon as anticipated — so did Apple Watch Series 8, SE, and Ultra. And they add things like satellite communication and video stabilization for anyone who likes to play outside.

This article was originally published on GearJunkie .

Apple iPhone 14 and the larger 14 Plus launched at a live event today, and landed along with big news for the outdoors: a satellite-communication capability that Apple calls “Emergency SOS.”

In a nutshell, the tool will help people communicate with emergency services when their cell service isn’t working and they’re out of range of Wi-Fi. The utility takes one aggressive step toward Garmin inReach, and Apple said it spent years to make it a reality.

Apple Watch Series 8, SE, and Ultra can use the capability, too, as long as the user’s got their iPhone 14 close at hand. Here’s how it works. Apple iPhone 14, Watch ‘Emergency SOS’ details

First, the device helps locate a satellite within range and then helps the user point their phone at it. Then, the user can send and receive information to get emergency help.

Once you’re connected, the device automatically sends your location, Medical ID (if set up in the device), and battery level to a dispatcher who then opens communication.Apple iPhone 14 “Emergency SOS”The tool doesn’t quite bury inReach, because you can only use it to send an SMS message to an emergency service provider — not to another device. However, satellite geolocating capability does let you share your location with […]

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