Satellite connectivity on iPhone 14 is great, but its future is far more exciting

One of the most groundbreaking innovations in this year’s iPhone 14 lineup is something you’ll hopefully never have to use: the ability to summon help in remote areas by

connecting to satellites instead of relying on traditional cellular networks. Although the new Eemergency SOS via satellite feature won’t be switched on until later this

year, this is likely to be only the first step in Apple’s plans for an even more connected world. Wireless technology companies like Qualcomm and Ericsson have been

working on ways to deliver 5G connectivity via satellite for a while, and T-Mobile has partnered with SpaceX to eventually bring an end to cellular dead zones. Still, it seems

that Apple has beaten them all to the punch — and it may have even more exciting ideas in mind. Apple’s deep pockets and the tight control it exercises over hardware and software

allow it to build complete solutions like this one more quickly than its competitors. It also helps that the iPhone maker is willing to start small. It’s typical of Apple’s

playbook to introduce new features in small and practical ways and build from there. The original iPhone didn’t do nearly as much as its competitors, but it did a few things very

well. Similarly, this year’s Apple Watch Series 8 adds a temperature sensor with the relatively narrow and specific purpose of tracking women’s menstrual cycles, but it’s not hard

to imagine that future WatchOS updates and Apple Watch models will eventually find other ways to use this sensor.