Apple iPhone 13 is expected to come the current month with a satellite communication feature. This feature will make its users able to make calls and send messages in those areas where network coverage is low.
Apple is making this feasible using low-earth-orbit satellite communication. However, according to the latest report, Apple intends to revoke this feature for emergencies. Currently, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has provided us with some more information in his newsletter, saying that this iPhone 13 feature will be accessible in certain markets.
Gurman further added in his newsletter,
“The emergency features will work in areas without any cellular coverage and only in select markets.”
However, we don’t have any details why Apple would apply this feature for certain markets. However, Gurman has noted its intentions to use its own satellites to spread details via that mode to its devices. Nevertheless, this going to be time-consuming to get through. This indicates that not every iPhone 13 user will be entitled to use this satellite communication feature.
Moreover, there is another surprise for people who were glad after hearing about the satellite communication feature. In opposition to the primary belief, the satellite communication feature on the iPhone 13 will not allow users to make calls without cellular coverage, according to Gurman.
He further added,
“That’s not happening now, next year, or anytime in the near future.”
This is since the calling feature would need hardware that is not ready still. Apart from this, for making calls without a network, the company will need to try hard to prompt telecom tech giants that it operates closely with worldwide.
For the time being, satellite communication on iPhone 13 is only going to work for messages. However, according to a report issued by Bloomberg last week, this feature will be known as “Emergency Messages via Satellite”. It will allow a user to send short SMSes as trouble signals or SOS to contacts.
Moreover, these messages could deliver further details about the emergency that the user is possibly in, for example, a sinking ship or a plane crash in an isolated area. The messages sent using this mode could bypass filters like Do Not Disturb and appear in a grey bubble on iMessages.
Apple iPhone 13 is possibly Apple’s attempt at making its famous device an emergency device. However, it seems a stat for the moment. Complete features such as calling without a cellular network, possibly going to consume plenty of time to appear.
Moreover, the company still did not provide any information about whether this feature will be accessible to users free of charge, if Apple will charge a one-time payment, or whether the company will prefer a subscription model.
The California-based Cupertino giant is expected to roll out its iPhone 13 series sometime in the current month and that will be the time we will be able to discover more about this feature.