Top stories: Emergency SOS via satellite launch, iOS 16.2 beta features, and more

True to its November launch promise, this week Apple activated its Emergency SOS service via satellite for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models in the United States and Canada, with more countries to come.

Top news November 19, 2022
This week also saw some new additions to iOS 16.2 as it works its way through the beta testing process ahead of the public launch next month, while we saw new rumors about next year’s iPhone 15 and leaked images of an unreleased Apple “Magic Charger”. . We’re also about to enter the holiday shopping season, so stay tuned for some great deals!

Test Apple’s New Emergency SOS via satellite feature

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

SOS emergency test via satellite thumb

Emergency SOS Satellite Service includes a demo mode in the Settings app, allowing us to test the feature without actually calling emergency services. Check out our hands-on video.

Apple said the service will extend to the UK and three other countries in Europe in December.

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

iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a USB-C port with at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 support, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This will result in significantly faster wired data transfer speeds compared to current Lightning-equipped iPhones.

iPhone 15 to switch from Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature

While the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are also expected to include a USB-C port, Kuo said these devices will still be limited to USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480Mbps.

iOS 16.2 will allow you to disable the wallpaper and notifications to always display them

Starting with iOS 16.2, currently in beta and expected to be released in December, iPhone 14 Pro users can hide their background and notifications in Always On Display mode. This results in the lock screen having a solid black and slim appearance in always-on mode, similar to many Android smartphones.

Always in display options

In iOS 16.2 beta, the new “Show wallpaper” and “Show notifications” toggles are located in the Settings app under Display & brightness → Always on display.

Pictures of the Apple Magic Surface Charger online

Images of an unreleased MagSafe accessory dubbed the “Apple Magic Charger” have surfaced online over the past two weeks. It seems that Apple decided not to release the accessory.

The apple magic charger has not yet been released

The attachment features a circular aluminum square with an included MagSafe charger that can be pushed out to the vertical position. It looks similar to the discontinued iPhone Lightning Dock.

Apple will be holding a Black Friday event starting November 25th

Apple’s annual four-day shopping event runs from Black Friday through Cyber ​​Monday on November 25 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, and many other countries.

Apple Shopping Event 2022

As always, customers can get a free Apple Gift Card when they purchase an eligible product, from any iPhone 13 model to second-generation AirPods Pro. For more deals, check out our Black Friday roundup and our roundup of all the really best deals available.

iOS 16.2 for iPhone is expected to launch in December with these 8 new features

iOS 16.2 is currently in beta testing and is expected to be released to the public in December. The update includes several new features and changes for the iPhone, such as Apple’s new Freeform whiteboard app.

iOS 16

We rounded up eight new features coming to iPhone with iOS 16.2, including two new Apple lock screen widgets, improvements to Live Activities, a revamped Home app, and more.

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