An emergency locator beacon in your iPhone


Apple’s latest devices have been announced

The big breakthrough is the ability to send emergency SOS messages via satellite on your iPhone.

This is a game changer for anyone who gets outdoors tramping, boating, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking – now if you get lost, injure yourself or just generally require emergency assistance you’ll be able to get a message out.  

How it works:

The tech uses satellite technology covering almost everywhere in the USA or Canada that can see the sky.   

This is more than just an investment in the phone tech. Reuters reports its spent $450 million on satellite infrastructure, and has set up an emergency operations center to contact emergency services on your behalf.  

Apple says it’ll be free for the first two years, and has plans to make it a global service.