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Rumored iPhone satellite communications could be for serious emergencies only

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Rumored iPhone satellite communications could be for serious emergencies only
Stuck in the middle of nowhere? Someday your iPhone might be able to summon help even if you can’t get a cell signal.
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A second trusted source for insider Apple information says future iPhones will be able to communicate with satellites, exchanging texts and possibly phone calls. But new leaked details indicate this feature will be more limited than some might hope.

It would still be a significant advancement by Apple. The company reportedly is even considering launching its own satellites.

iPhone 13 might offer service from anywhere via satellite calls and texts

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iPhone 13 might offer service from anywhere via satellite calls and texts
iPhone 13 will reportedly be able to use satellites to exchange calls and texts.
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The iPhone 13 will offer two-way communication with low Earth orbit satellites, according to a report from a reliable Apple analyst. If the prediction proves correct, making phone calls and exchanging texts via satellite connection will be possible with Apple’s next handset.