As we get closer and closer to Apple’s special event next week, more information is starting to trickle out from various sources. Today we have some reliable information from Ming-Chi Kuo regarding Satellite calling and some conflicting information regarding the Apple Watch Pro.
Satellite calls testing
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has completed validation testing for Satellite connectivity. The upcoming iPhone 14 is heavily tipped to feature the technology to enable emergency calling and texting. The feature is rumoured to enable a user to contact emergency services in areas with poor phone reception and send simple messages to emergency contacts.
Apple may be working with a number of partners to bring the feature to market. But its launch alongside the iPhone 14 remains to be seen. In some older news, it was reported that one such partner might be Globalstar. It’s also worth noting that firms such as Elon Musks Starlink and even Amazon could play a role in the future. Amazon launched its Project Kuiper early this year, sending 3,236 satellites into orbit.
Apple Watch Pro Bands
Apple is planning to unveil an all-new Apple Watch model called the Apple Watch Pro next week. And if a post on Weibo is to be believed, the device may ditch compatibility with older Apple Watch bands. The expected larger case size might force the issue due to the larger display. It’s also possible that a potential new design featuring squared-off edges may require Apple to rethink the bands.
It’s worth noting that the Weibo source, a user called “UnclePan” has previously provided some accurate rumours. But this particular post has been refuted by Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman who believes Apple will retain band compatibility moving forward.
The AppleTLDR take
It’s already a stretch to say that Apple Watch Series 7 is backwards compatible with older bands. Do they lock in to place? Sure. But do they fit seamlessly? Absolutely not. All too often, the lugs on bands from Series 4-6 stick out. The issue is even more pronounced when wearing bands from Series 1-3. I think Apple would be better off making a clean break and should release precision-designed bands for the Apple Watch Pro. Rather than advertise semi (albeit inferior) compatibility. And let’s not forget for owners of the 41mm, the bands won’t be compatible at all anyway.