The iPhone 13 series is likely to launch sometime this month, and the latest information from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman offers details on what Apple’s annual fall launch event may introduce. The event is likely to bring the iPhone 13 series and the Apple Watch Series 7. While reports point to delays in smartwatch production, Gurman says the wearable will still be announced during the event. Availability is reportedly limited or delayed for certain models. Gurman also says that the iPhone 13’s expected satellite feature will only be available in select markets.
Gurman’s latest PowerOn newsletter hints that the new iPhone 13 will reportedly get the expected satellite feature. The report also suggests that the iPhone 13 may not get the feature immediately and that the functionality is likely to go live next year. While hardware support will be embedded in the iPhone 13 series, the feature won’t be rolled out for a few months. Gurman clarifies that this feature will not allow users to use the iPhone 13 as a satellite phone and make calls anywhere in the world without cellular coverage.
He adds: “That is not happening now, next year or in the near future. Launching such a feature would require hardware that isn’t prime-time ready, would be expensive, and could cause an uproar among the phone companies Apple relies on.” The new satellite feature will reportedly allow users to send short emergency texts and send SOS distress signals. for crises, such as plane crashes or sinking ships, in remote areas The newsletter states that the emergency function only works in areas without mobile coverage and only in selected markets.
A video leak showing the ‘iPhone 13 Pro Max’ silicone MagSafe cases has also surfaced online. It was first Posted by Twitter account @PinkDon1 but was later removed. However, the video has surfaced by other accounts, and was noticed by MacRumors. MagSafe support was introduced with the iPhone 12 series and it seems to be seeping through to the iPhone 13 series as well, with new cases compatible with the technology.
As for the Apple Watch Series 7, Gurman says the wearable “will not be about health upgrades this year — rather, the focus will be on a new design with flatter bezels, that new screen and a new chip.” The smartwatch range is expected to come in 41mm and 45mm models, the display will be around 1.9-inches – a 20 to 30 percent larger screen than the predecessor. In a separate Bloomberg report, Gurman adds that the larger model will have a resolution of 396×484 pixels, or about 16 percent more pixels. The smaller model would see a similar jump, but both watches have thinner bezels around the screens.
Apple is also reportedly working on new watch faces for the Apple Watch Series 7. New watch faces include Modular Max, Continuum, world time watch faces called Atlas and World Timer, and new watch faces for the Hermes and Nike-branded Apple Watches. The Apple Watch Series 7 will reportedly be announced at the September event, “but there will be a mix of models that ship late or in small quantities” due to production delays.
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