Apple's new Emergency SOS Live Video feature could be a lifesaver — iPhone Satellite safety feature now supports video in iOS 18

iPhone 14 Emergency SOS
(Image credit: Apple)

Apple's WWDC keynote has just finished, and while it was packed with information on the company's latest platform releases, it appears some of it couldn't fit into the showcase.

As revealed via a press release, iOS 18 will offer a new feature that you'll hopefully never need - Emergency SOS Live Video.

"In the middle of an emergency call, participating emergency dispatchers can send a request for a user to share live video or media from the user’s camera roll over a secure connection, making it easier and faster to get help," the release explains.

A picture of Emergency Services on iPhone 15 Pro Max

(Image credit: Future / Ruth Hamilton)

That could make it easier for responders to find someone that's injured, or allow a user to capture evidence to be used by authorities at a later date.

It could even lead to a downturn in triage appointments if a dispatcher can see, and potentially diagnose, an injury from the supplied footage or a live feed.

It's perhaps the next logical step after Apple Watch Series 9 introduced Crash Detection, on top of Fall Detection and iPhone 14 and 15's SOS satellite calls.

Beyond Emergency video, Apple's Satellite feature on iPhone now supports messaging, letting users send both iMessages and texts over satellite even if they don't have any cellular signal or a Wi-Fi connection. 

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Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes is a freelance writer with a specialism in Apple tech. From his first, hand-me-down iMac, he’s been working with Apple products for over a decade, and while he loves his iPhone and Mac, the iPad will always have his heart for reasons he still can’t quite fathom. Since moving from blogging to writing professionally, Lloyd’s work can be found at TechRadar, Macworld, TechAdvisor and plenty more. He’s also the Editor in Chief at, and on the rare occasion he’s not writing you’ll find him spending time with his son, or working hard at the gym (while wearing an Apple Watch, naturally). You can find him on Twitter @lloydcoombes.