Apple’s satellite calling feature will reportedly only work in emergency situations
Yesterday, it was revealed that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 could have the ability to connect to satellites, allowing users to make calls and send text messages without cellular service. While that’s awesome, there’s a good chance the feature is for emergencies only.
According to a new Bloomberg report, sources tell the outlet that while the functionality is there, it is most likely used to contact emergency services and contacts via text messages. There would be a limit to the duration of these messages and instead of appearing as a blue or green bubble on Apple devices, it would appear as a gray message.
Sources tell Bloomberg that it is also possible that these messages could even reach and alert people who have Do Not Disturb mode turned on. Bloomberg did not clarify if that would be something that would affect both Android and iOS users, or simply emergency contacts with iPhones.
In addition, it is also reported that users can use this function to report accidents. The examples given were plane and boat accidents, but one could imagine that it could be used for fires, shootings, and more. It is said that this function could also ask users for more information.
It is also reported that this feature would require a special chip that is not yet available, which probably means that this is not a feature that will launch with the iPhone 13, and may not be available until next year’s iPhone, but we will have. to wait and see.
Fortunately, the wait shouldn’t be much longer, as Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 13 in September.
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