It was reported last year that Apple’s iPhone 13 series phones would support Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications, but would be available in select markets. This function has two main purposes, one is to send short emergency text messages, and the other is to send SOS distress signals in remote areas in response to sudden disasters. With Apple releasing the iPhone 13 series, it turned out to be nothing more than a rumor.
However, this does not mean that Apple does not have such an idea. Perhaps it is just that the time is immature. It is reported that Apple may provide satellite functions in the iPhone 14 series. According to a new report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the wearable device will also have satellite connectivity in the future, which may be configured on the Apple Watch this year or next year. Apple is said to release three Apple Watches this year, and new features will appear in at least one of them.
It is understood that the cooperation with Apple is Globalstar. “In February, Globalstar said it reached an agreement to buy 17 new satellites to help power ’continuous satellite services’ for a ’potential’– and unnamed – customer that had paid it hundreds of millions of dollars.” While it’s not certain which Apple Watch will have satellite connectivity, the Apple Watch SE should be ruled out.
There are reports that Apple will introduce a body temperature sensor and other health features on the new generation of Apple Watch, and the body temperature sensor will be one of the new key features of the Apple Watch Series 8. In addition, Apple will add atrial fibrillation monitoring to watchOS 9, which is coming this year, and introduce a new low-power mode to extend battery life, while updating its built-in watch face.