Apple has confirmed that Emergency SOS via Satellite and Find My via Satellite will be available in Spain and Switzerland starting in September. These features were initially introduced with the iPhone 14 models and are currently available in 14 countries and regions.
Emergency SOS via Satellite allows users to activate an emergency signal when they are in a critical situation without access to WiFi or cellular connection. This feature aims to provide assistance during emergencies. Additionally, Apple’s satellites enable Find My via Satellite, which allows users to share their location when they are off the grid.
The expansion of these features to Spain and Switzerland is likely connected to the launch of the iPhone 15 series in these countries or the release of iOS 17, which will be available globally on September 18.
Furthermore, Apple announced a new feature called Roadside Assistance via Satellite. Similar to Emergency SOS, this feature allows iPhone users to contact roadside assistance in areas with no cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. Currently, this feature is only available in the United States through a partnership with AAA.
Apple made these announcements during its “Wonderlust” event, where it unveiled the iPhone 15 lineup, updated Apple Watch models, a USB-C case update for AirPods Pro, and other potential announcements. The event was live-streamed on Apple’s website, YouTube, and the company’s TV app.
Overall, Apple’s expansion of these satellite-driven features aims to enhance emergency and location services for iPhone users, providing greater safety and convenience in various situations.