It is one of the great novelties of the iPhone 14 and that is why Apple has not hesitated to announce it with great fanfare. This is how Tim Cook’s company has managed to fit the satellite chip into his new family.
The new iPhonespecifically the 14th iteration, brings news to the world Manzana. First the screen OLED with Dynamic Islandthen the new rear cameras, we also have the A16 chip on the Pro models, and finally the satellite connection.
Yes, as we have commented several times, Manzana has added satellite connectivity to all four iPhone 14 models. The feature will allow users to send emergency messages even when out of cellular or Wi-Fi range.
What chips has Apple added to the series iPhone 14 to make satellite connectivity possible? Citing a breakdown of the iPhone 14 Pro Max by iFixit, and a statement from Apple, Reuters revealed that the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem chip does double duty on phones.
The chip not only helps users of the new iPhone 14 to connect with 5G signals, it also works with the n53 band. The latter is the radio band used by the Globalstar satellites.
Earlier this year, in a typical deal of Apple, the company agreed to take up to 85% of Globalstar’s satellite transmission capacity for the iPhone 14 satellite emergency messaging system.
Yesterday, Apple told Reuters that the new models also come with Apple’s own hardware and software to help the satellite messaging function do its job.
How Apple’s emergency system works
To use the new feature, Apple says you should hold your iPhone 14 as you normally would, making sure it’s not in a pocket or backpack. (no need to hold it up to the sky). Of course, make sure you are outdoors with a clear view of the sky and the horizon.
Apple wants you to be careful with the trees, since the ones with “light foliage” can slow down the signals and the ones with “dense foliage” can block them completely.
Hills or mountains, canyons, and tall structures can also block satellite signals. And if you need to turn left or right, the directions on the screen on your iPhone will tell you what to do.
Once you are connected to a satellite, your terminal will maintain this connection even if the screen is locked. Apple suggests that in an emergency, try calling for help first. If you can’t make a call, tap Satellite Emergency Text.
The satellite emergency SOS will be launched in November after an iOS 16 update for iPhone 14.