The Apple Watch 8 would have a satellite connection for emergency calls

Last year everyone announced that the iPhone 13 would notably come with satellite connectivity to enable communication from remote locations in the event of an emergency. Although this iPhone ultimately didn’t get this feature, rumor has it that the next iPhone 14 will have it.

Well, according to a new report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the upcoming Apple Watch 8 could also come with this additional tech that offers the ability to make calls and texts in all circumstances.

Apple Watch 8 connectivity rumor

In his Power On newsletter, the reporter says the Apple Watch will also get this feature, although Gurman believes Apple’s schedule could be this year or 2023, either Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch Series 9. According to the journalist , Apple’s partner Globalstar ordered many satellites earlier this year.

Apple Watch Face Astronomy

Whether on the iPhone or the Apple Watch, this technology would offer an alternative to the Garmin inReach Explorer and SPOT wearable satellite communication devices with similar characteristics.

Recent signs suggest that Apple and its apparent satellite partner Globalstar Inc. could be closer to launching such a feature. In February, Globalstar announced it had reached an agreement to purchase 17 new satellites to provide “continuous satellite services” to a “potential” — and unnamed — customer who had paid hundreds of millions of dollars.

While we await confirmation, it’s worth remembering that rumors have suggested Apple could release three new Apple Watches this year – the regular model, a new SE, and a brand new extreme sports watch (a beefed-up Apple Watch 8). The first and the last would be fitted with the satellite module.

Already last year, Gurman had expressed doubts about the start of satellite communication with the iPhone 13 and stated that the hardware was not yet ready. It remains to be seen whether this year will be the right one and which markets will benefit from it. France shouldn’t be there.

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