During its annual press conference, Apple unveiled new devices and technologies, including a groundbreaking feature called ‘Roadside Assistance by Satellite,’ designed for emergency situations when there’s no cellular signal.
Satellite Features Introduced: Previously, Apple had introduced ‘Emergency SOS’ and ‘Find My Via Satellite’ features for the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch, offering assistance in areas with no cell tower signal. These features are now available in 14 countries. However, the ‘Roadside Assistance via Satellite’ feature is currently exclusive to the United States.
Functionality: This new service is designed to detect various emergency situations, such as being stranded, running out of battery or fuel, or experiencing a flat tire, when there is no nearby phone signal. In such scenarios, the phone establishes communication with satellites and connects with roadside assistance agencies. It sends a direct message to the support service, providing information about the assistance needed and the user’s GPS location.
Satellite Communication: To implement this feature, Apple utilizes the GlobalStar satellite network, which includes satellite ground stations. The company has invested significant resources to provide users with this valuable service.
Other Announcements: Aside from the satellite-related features, Apple also introduced a USB Type-C cable for charging its smartphones. It announced iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models equipped with the high-performance A16 Bionic chip, priced between $799 and $899, while the 15 Pro and ProMax series range from $999 to $1199.
Innovations and Sustainability: Apple highlighted the use of titanium for the phone casing, a material commonly used in space technology. Additionally, it emphasized that the batteries contain 100 percent recycled cobalt metal. The company also introduced a 48-megapixel camera with an innovative lens for improved zoom and video capture.
Apple Watch Enhancement: Apple unveiled a new feature for the Apple 9 smartwatch, allowing users to listen to phone calls through a pinching gesture. The display of this watch is brighter, and its price ranges from $399 to $799.
These announcements showcase Apple’s commitment to innovation and its ongoing efforts to provide users with advanced features and sustainability initiatives.