Foreign hardware with its own twist: This is how Apple’s satellite emergency call works


You can put it this way: In case of doubt, the emergency call system with satellite connection, which was introduced with the iPhone 14 family, can save lives. But how does the innovation work? A look inside the new models provides the answer.

This is how the iPhone radios the emergency through space

Innovation has been a thing in the smartphone realm for a few years now. In terms of performance, most models have long since reached or even exceeded the plateau from which further increases are hardly noticed by normal users. In addition, the design has become more and more standardized. In this respect, the new iPhone 14 models really do bring something new with the satellite emergency call system that has a use – even if in the best case scenario it never has to be used.

Satellite emergency call …
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Max)…in the iPhone 14

When presenting the new iPhones, Apple itself, as usual, said only somewhat vaguely that “new hardware” makes it possible to make an emergency call via satellite if there is no network. The function is scheduled to be activated in November. Now it’s the teardown of the repair specialists from iFixit thanks to the fact that you get a much more precise insight into the technical functioning.

Qualcomm and Apple are knitting something

The search for the function begins in the new midframe, on which Apple mounts all internal components. The first crucial component then appears after the removal of the new logic board. “We can now confirm that the satellite connection is powered by a new Qualcomm X65 modem,” iFixit said.

This in turn means that the new iPhones can handle the frequency bands used by the provider Globalstar for satellite connections. Noisy Reuters Apple has secured up to 85% of Globalstar’s satellite network capacity to provide the service.

In addition to the chip, it is above all Apple itself that had to make adjustments for the completely new connectivity solution. When asked by the news agency, a spokesman said: “The iPhone 14 includes custom radio frequency components and new software developed entirely by Apple, which together enable an emergency call via satellite on the new iPhone 14 models.”

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