Breaking News: Emergency SOS via satellite launches, iOS 16.2 beta features and more

Breaking Stories: Satellite SOS Emergency, iOS 16.2 Beta Features & MoreSaturday, November 19, 2022 6:00 AM PST by MacRumors Staff

Fulfilling its November launch promise, Apple activated this week emergency SOS call via satellite for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models in the US and Canada and other countries.

There are also some new additions to iOS 16.2 this week as it goes through its beta process testing ahead of a public launch next month, while we've seen fresh iPhone 15 rumors next year and leaked photos of Apple's unreleased “Magic Charger”. We're also approaching the holiday shopping season, so stay tuned for great deals!

Apple's new Emergency SOS via satellite test

All four iPhone 14 models support the new emergency Satellite SOS call, which allows devices to connect directly to the satellite, allowing users to send text messages to emergency services when they are out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The service launched in the US and Canada this week and is free for the first two years.

Emergency SOS via satellite turns on a demo mode in the Settings app, allowing us to test the feature without contacting emergency services. Watch our hands-on video.

Apple announced that it will expand the service to the UK and three more European countries in December.

Kuo: iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will have slower USB-C ports compared to Pro models

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a USB-C port with support for at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. . This will result in significantly faster wired data transfer rates than existing iPhones with Lightning.

While the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to have a USB-C port, Kuo said these devices will remain USB 2.0 speed limited to 480Mbps.

iOS 16.2. Allows you to turn off wallpapers and notifications for Always-On Display

Starting with iOS 16.2, which is currently in beta and due for release in December, iPhone 14 Pro users can hide wallpapers and notifications in Always On Display. mode. This causes the lock screen to have a solid black minimalistic look in Always-On mode, like on many Android smartphones.

New “Show wallpaper” and “Show notifications” toggles in iOS 16.2 beta found in the Settings app under Display & Brightness → Always On Display.

Images of unreleased ' Apple Magic Charger Online

Over the past couple of weeks, images of an unreleased MagSafe accessory called the “Apple Magic Charger” have surfaced online. Looks like Apple decided not to release the accessory.

The accessory is a rounded aluminum square with a built-in MagSafe charger that can be pulled out to a vertical position. It looks like Apple's discontinued Lightning dock for the iPhone.

Apple will host a Black Friday event starting November 25

An annual four-day promotion Apple's Black Friday to Cyber ​​Monday starts November 25th in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia and more.

As always, customers can receive a free Apple Gift Card with their purchase of an eligible product, ranging from any iPhone 13 model to the second generation AirPods Pro. For more deals, check out our Black Friday round-up and our round-up of all the best deals already available.

iOS 16.2 for iPhone coming in December with these 8 new features

< p>iOS 16.2 is currently in beta and is expected to be released to the general public in December. The update includes many new features and changes for the iPhone, such as Apple's new Freeform whiteboard app.

We've rounded up eight new features coming to iPhone with iOS 16.2, including two new lock screen widgets from Apple, Live Activity improvements, a redesigned Home app, and more.

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