The rumored satellite features for future iPhones are reserved for emergency use only Bloomberg Mark Gurman. A few days ago, a Report Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that later iPhones would bring support for low-Earth orbit satellite calls and messages. Gurman’s source says Apple is not turning its devices into real satellite phones, at least for now. Instead, the technology giant is reported to be developing at least two emergency-related features depending on the satellite network.
The first feature is called an emergency message via satellite and will be added to the messaging app as a third protocol along with iMessage and SMS. This will obviously allow Steve’s codename and users to send emergency services within the company even if there is no signal, which seems to be especially useful during emergencies in remote places such as mountains and forests.
The tool will give users a way to send their urgent contacts just by typing the emergency SOS in the recipient line. Messages will be limited to a short length, but the sender’s contacts will receive a notification for them even if their phone is set to Do Not Disturb. Satellite messages will appear as gray bubbles instead of blue or green so that they can be easily detected. Finally, the feature can also handle phone calls.
Apple is also working on a second satellite feature that will allow users to report emergencies such as plane crashes and fires. This system will give users a way to report the length of the incident and ask them for precise information, such as if someone needs a search and rescue service or if someone in the vicinity is armed. It can automatically send information to the authorities from the reporter’s location and their details from the health app such as their medical history, age, medication and height and weight. The feature can also inform the reporter’s important contacts for them.
Although both features seem useful, their availability is limited by satellite location and reach. They may not work for some regions, and in some cases, users may have to walk outside in a certain direction where their iPhone can connect to a satellite. Also, Gurman’s source said the features are unlikely to be ready before the end of the year, meaning the next iPhones announced by next September will still not be able to send messages via satellite.
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