Earlier this month, known Apple analyst Mark Gurman suggested that the Apple iPhone 14 series may feature satellite connectivity that will allow users to connect to satellite networks under emergency situations in remote areas. Now in his latest Power On newsletter, the analyst suggests that future Apple Watch models may also get the satellite connectivity functionally. Gurman believes that the feature could arrive in Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch Series 9.
Previously the feature was rumoured to launch with the iPhone 13 series. As per previous reports, the feature will allow users to share a short message with their contacts even when there is no cellular service available. He further suggests that the emergency feature will work only in areas without any cellular coverage. It is also likely to be available in select markets. As per the analyst, Apple seems to be planning to deploy its own array of satellites to beam data to devices. He believes that plan is likely years away from taking off.
Gurman previously predicted that 2022 will be the biggest year in the history of Apple Watch as the company may launch three new smartwatches – a regular model, affordable SE model and rugged model for athletes. Apple is also likely to reportedly discontinue the Apple Watch Series 3 model this year. According to popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the smartwatch may meet its end of life cycle during the third quarter of 2022. Although the tech giant has stopped selling Apple Watch series 4, series 5 and series 6, the five year old Apple Watch series 3 stayed as part of Apple’s portfolio as an affordable alternative to Apple Watch SE.