It's been almost a year since Apple rolled out the iPhone 14 with a cool feature – Emergency SOS via Satellite. This nifty tech lets you call for help even when your phone signal is MIA. And guess what? Apple teamed up with Globalstar to make it happen, and things are about to get even more interesting, thanks to Elon Musk's SpaceX.
According to a report on NOLA.com, Globalstar just sealed a whopping $64 million deal with SpaceX to launch some satellites into the great beyond in 2025. And they didn't just keep it a secret; they filed it with the Securities and Exchange Commission for all to see.
Now, these satellites are for more than just show. Nope, they're set to supercharge the lifesaving Emergency SOS service that Globalstar provides. And here's a fun fact – this isn't SpaceX's first dance with Globalstar. Last year, they helped launch a satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. So, these folks are like old pals by now.
Here's where it gets exciting for all you iPhone enthusiasts. Globalstar's partnership with SpaceX is a big win for Apple. See, the iPhone 14 (and soon the iPhone 15) relies on Globalstar's satellites to make that Emergency SOS feature work its magic.
You can now use Emergency SOS via Satellite in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal. As long as you're in one of these spots with satellite coverage, you're good to go. With this new partnership, we may see the coverage map grow even more soon.
But wait, there's more! Last year, Apple snagged a nifty patent that got folks talking. Apple might be cooking up something beyond just emergency calls. We're talking about sending all sorts of stuff via satellite – from streaming videos and TV data to your everyday phone chats and internet data.
Now, the patent doesn't spill all the beans, but it sure sounds like Apple's been playing around with some satellite ideas. Time will tell what they cook up next!