The Next Apple Watch Pro Could Tip The Balance Again

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According to a newsletter from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (via 9to5Mac), it will be next year’s Apple Watch Pro that could change the game for Apple’s smartwatches: it could finally be the first model that supports the much-rumored low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity. More than just another marketing buzzword, that’s a feature that could literally save lives.

Earlier rumors of this feature had people speculating about much faster data connectivity for the Apple Watch, but that might be expecting too much. Instead, satellite connectivity will come into play in emergency situations, making sure that first responders will be able to pinpoint a wearer’s location even when they’re out of reach of a cellular tower. That said, there is still a possibility that the feature could be used for internet and phone calls over LEO satellites, too, but that may not happen until much later. That functionality would largely depend on negotiations with carriers and service providers, so it is — at a minimum — unlikely to happen when the feature first launches.

Apple Watch smartwatches are already popular because of their health-monitoring features that have helped save lives by warning wearers of critical dangers before they happen. At the same time, there has been plenty of anecdotal evidence that the smartwatch’s emergency features have also been able to save people in accidents. With satellite connectivity, the chances of that happening could increase significantly, especially in cases where wearers go off-road and off the grid, potentially cementing the Apple Watch’s image as a life-saving gadget in addition to a status symbol.

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