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lured into a false sense of security which also led me to be very blasé about researching the areas I snowboard.- Tim Blakey Blakey also had high praise for Apple and the company’s forethought in creating the Emergency SOS feature in the first place. The last thank you to @apple, their side button 5 click to emergency services -especially great when your screen is constantly being dripped on, & to the service provider for giving me 3G connection and 3% battery 5m below the ice. The alternative to this has been keeping me up at night to say the least.- Tim Blakey Improving Emergency SOS As Blakey admits, it’s frightening to think of what may have happened if he hadn’t had a 3G signal below the ice. It highlights exactly why Apple is still frantically working on improving Emergency SOS to ensure that it works everywhere around the globe. Last summer, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo kicked off a flurry of speculation when he suggested that the iPhone 13 would have the necessary chips to support low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity. However, a more in-depth analysis of that rumor suggested that those reading Kuo’s report may have confused things. The new frequencies that were reportedly coming to the iPhone 13 are used by Globalstar, which is a satellite communications company, but those specific frequencies are used for terrestrial 5G communications, not LEO connectivity. Even so, there was a germ of truth to the original idea, even if it came from the wrong direction. A week later, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman revealed that Apple is working on satellite connectivity — but only for emergency communications. Gurman didn’t expect that feature to arrive in time for the iPhone 13, but recent rumors have said it may be ready for this year’s “iPhone 14.” Looking at Blakey’s experience, it’s easy to see why this is important. At 10,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps, cellular connectivity is a gift, not something one should count on. However, an iPhone that can send out an Emergency SOS signal no matter what could be a lifesaver in a whole new set of circumstances. Paired with Fall Detection on an Apple Watch, it could even call for help in situations where an accident victim is rendered entirely unconscious. Dedicated emergency signaling devices already exist, such as Garmin’s inReach, so the iPhone wouldn’t be the first device to support emergency satellite communications. However, these other devices require pricey subscription plans, and as Blakey’s experience shows, they’re not something that even extreme sports enthusiasts think to bring along with them. Having this built into the iPhone would automatically bring this to hundreds of millions more people, saving many more lives.

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