Satellite connectivity on the Apple Watch Pro could be a game-changer

Emergency SOS via satellite would be a first. | Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

If you’re the type to read into Apple Event taglines, next week’s “Far Out” event certainly feels… space-y. It’s led Apple prognosticators to revive theories that Apple may be working on satellite features for emergency communications — both for the iPhone and perhaps the rumored Apple Watch Pro. Since the Apple Watch Pro is meant to be a Garmin competitor, satellite features could make it a real contender in the multisport GPS watch space.

There’s a lot that Apple needs to do in order to truly compete in this space. Multiday battery life and beefing up durability are numbers 1 and 2 on the list. The competition — Garmin, Polar, Coros — can run laps around the Apple Watch in these two areas. But if there’s one area where Apple already…

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