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Apple invests $450 million to support satellite feature on the iPhone 14

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Nov 2022, 9:51pm

Apple invests $450 million to support satellite feature on the iPhone 14

Globalstar operates an advanced satellite network and ground stations across the US and around the world, providing iPhone 14 users the ability to contact lifesaving emergency services when outside of cellular and Wi-Fi connection range. <br>Image source: Apple

Apple just made two announcements about the Emergency SOS via satellite feature on the iPhone 14 models.

The company is making a $450 million investment from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to provide the critical infrastructure that supports the satellite feature on the iPhone 14. Globalstar will receive the majority of the funding to improve its satellite network and ground stations so that iPhone 14 users can connect to emergency services when they are off the gird.

The upgraded ground stations and an upcoming enhanced satellite constellation will ensure the mobile satellite services spectrum continue to enable emergency services for iPhone 14 users. 

The Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone 14 will be available to customers in the U.S and Canada later this month. While Apple did not provide any information on any further expansion, there is a report by MacPrime that claims the satellite feature will be available in "other countries this year" with more planned in 2023.

Source: Apple

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