22 October 2021
UPDATE (September 6th, 2021):
In the latest leak shared by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, iPhone 13's satellite connectivity will be limited to select markets. This is considering if Apple decides to launch the feature this year itself. It is still reported that the actual possibility of this functionality become available on iPhone models in the coming years.
Original (August 31st, 2021):
It was yesterday that we got to hear about Apple's plans to add satellite connectivity support to iPhone models. A separate from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has corroborated claims but has also shed more light on what to expect. It reveals that the new feature will be meant only for emergency situations. It is aimed at allowing users to connect with first responders and report crashes when they do not have cellular connectivity.
There are basically two features under development. The first one is called Emergency Message via Satellite which works as the name suggests. It will be accessible through the Messages app and all texts send using it will be shown in a Grey color bubble just like how Apple uses a Blue color bubble for iMessage and Green color for text conversation with Android users. There will be a limit to the length of the text and these messages will be delivered even if the recipient has the DND mode enabled.
The second feature on another hand is meant for reporting accidents and crashes. It will ask users details like the kind of incident they want to report and injuries/casualties etc. before sending the alert ahead. It can also be used for sending the current location as well as Medical ID. This is a virtual card that can be set up within the Health app and contains all important details related to the medical condition of the user.
However, none of these features are expected to make an appearance in iPhone models before next year. The original leak claimed that we might see iPhone 13 lineup debut with satellite network support but that does not appear to be the case anymore. The latest report says that it is very unlikely that we will see these features making their commercial debut this year.