The iPhone 13's Satellite Text Messages Could Be a Lifesaver–Literally

The next iPhone may keep you safe in the wilderness and ruin horror-movie plots.

Apple is adding two satellite-based safety features to future iPhones, according to inside info published by Bloomberg. One is for reporting emergencies, kind of like a more-focused 911 call, only without the voice part. The other will let iPhone users send an emergency SMS to a pre-selected contact. Because this is via satellite, it can work anywhere on the planet, not just in populated areas with cell coverage. 

“This will be ideal for regions where there is no signal, such as the wilderness and other remote, isolated locales. Knowing that help is only a phone call away can make you feel a lot safer,” James Leversha, the director of IT supports and website development company Top Notch I.T, told Lifewire via email.

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