Earlier, Apple iPhone 13 was rumored to come with satellite connectivity and now the iPhone 14 series is expected to come with this technology for emergency or SOS purposes. Apart from the upcoming iPhone 14 series, it is expected that the next Apple Watch may also come with this technology. For the unversed, satellite connectivity will let users send texts to emergency contacts even when they have no cellular service.
The next Apple Watch will come with satellite connectivity
According to the newsletter of Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman power on, “The next Apple Watch is destined to get this functionality”. He further suggested that it could come out sometime this year or in 2023. Notably, Apple is likely to launch three new smartwatch models this year and satellite connectivity is expected to come in at least one of them.
According to their statement, “There have recently been indications that Apple and its apparent satellite partner Globalstar Inc. are getting closer to launching such a feature. In February, Globalstar said it was looking for a ‘potential’ and undisclosed customer.” It reached an agreement to buy 17 new satellites to help support ‘continuous satellite services’, which it paid millions of dollars.
Apple is expected to launch three Apple Watch models this year: the standard Apple Watch model, a new SE model, and a new rugged model for extreme sports. Chances are, the standard and rough and tough models will come with satellite connectivity.
According to an earlier report, the Apple iPhone 14 will come with this functionality this year. It will come with an “emergency messaging via contacts” feature, which will allow users to send short text messages to emergency services and contacts over satellite networks when there is no cellular signal available. The new protocol will appear with a gray bubble inside the Messages app.
Since the upcoming Apple Watch is not expected to come with a major design change, it is expected that the rumored satellite connectivity could be one of the main features of the smartwatch.
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