There's been some hype about the new SOS function via satellite on Apple's new iPhone 14—and how it just changed the game for satellite communicators like Garmin's inReach lineup.
It's only hype. Unfounded hype. And we're explaining why in this article.
Sure, the new iPhone 14 has some cool new upgrades. We would not dispute that.
But Apple's new emergency SOS feature is severely limited, and there is no conceivable way it could relplace a designated SOS satellite communicator in the field.
Anyone who has used or considered using a Garmin inReach or inReach Mini 2 satellite GPS communicator knows that an iPhone with a satellite SOS trigger is not sufficient enough for most of the situations these overland devices were built for.
Not unless the the new iPhone charger can plug into a tree. Or survive extreme temperatures. Or work in a canyon. All of which, it can't.
But you don't have to take our word for it ... let's dig into the proof!
First we'll compare Garmin inReach satellite GPS communicators with the iPhone 14.
Then we'll look at several real-life situations—both recreational and professional—in which an inReach is used in a life-saving capacity—and where an iPhone 14 couldn't possibly suffice as an emergency satellite communicator.
By the way, we're not trying to be jerks or dis on the iPhone 14. Many a PlayBetter team member loves their iPhone and Apple products. In fact, this article is being typed out on a MacBook Pro.
But it's plain irresponsible to suggest it could replace an emergency satellite communicator. Seriously.