05 May 2022
Apple is reportedly working on adding satellite functionality to future Apple Watch models. The report is coming from Mark Gurman in a recent edition of his Power On newsletter. If you may remember, we heard rumors of the iPhone 13 launching with satellite connectivity which did not happen and is now speculated for the iPhone 14 series.
The report claims that Apple is working with its satellite partner Globalstar Inc. for bringing support to its products. The latter is said to have purchased 17 new satellites in the month of February. These new purchases are said to have been meant specifically for a particular customer. It is speculated that the feature will make its debut either with this year or next year's model.
Here is the statement from the newsletter:
"Whether it’s on the iPhone or Apple Watch, the technology would provide an alternative to the Garmin inReach Explorer and SPOT, handheld satellite communicators with similar features. There have been signs lately that Apple and its apparent satellite partner Globalstar Inc. might be getting closer to launching such a feature. In February, Globalstar said it reached an agreement to buy 17 new satellites to help power ’continuous satellite services’ for a ’potential’– and unnamed – a customer that had paid it hundreds of millions of dollars."
In other rumors, we have heard that Apple has three Apple Watch models under development. These are claimed to be the standard Apple Watch Series 8, affordable Apple Watch SE, and a new rugged model. Not much else is known about these rumored models including specifications and features. We will keep you posted as more details will emerge.