If you get stuck in the middle of nowhere and have an iPhone 14, you may be able to send a message to emergency services. This, which seems like great news, could have a dangerous reading, according to experts.
From launch, Manzana has boasted of the characteristic of new iPhone 14 that allows you to send messages from remote places where there is no coverage. The satellite emergency function promises to save lives by providing communication when it is needed most.
And while Apple is touting the satellite emergency communication capabilities of its iPhone 14ransomware experts believe the new feature could land some users in unnecessary trouble.
The company’s new phones make it possible to send short messages from remote locations where there is no mobile phone service. Apple says the satellite feature is one of “vital new security features we hope you never need.”
However, experts say the feature could give adventurers a false sense of security.which could put people who did not intend to take risks in dangerous situations.
The danger of Apple’s message and its satellite connection
“There will always be a group of outdoor recreation newbies who will misplace their trust in technology as a safety net that they don’t really understand“, explains Christopher Boyer, executive director of the National Search and Rescue Association.
Apple says the Emergency SOS feature, due to launch in November, can help connect with emergency services outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.
The company warns that, under ideal conditions, a message can take 15 seconds to send, while it could take more than a minute to send under trees with light or medium foliage. If you are under dense vegetation or surrounded by other obstacles, you may not even be able to connect to the satellite.
And it is that satellites work with connections that are in your line of sight. If you’re in a forest, cave, canyon, or anywhere in northern Canada or Alaska, you may not be able to make contact with a satellite.
Bruce Jones, an expert who makes two-way communications and weather and emergency alert technologies, warns that “users will have to understand that this feature will not be effective 100% of the time. My advice is to use it responsibly.“.
Although there is little doubt that satellite devices save lives. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explained thatsince its inception in 1982, its satellites had supported more than 48,000 rescues around the world. Apple technology should help.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism