Apple’s iPhone Satellite Service Kicks Off Smartphone Space Race

Apple new emergency-text feature on its latest iPhones makes it a first-mover in a budding market for low-cost satellite phone connections.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant last week said its new iPhone 14s will be able to beam short distress messages and location data from places off the cellular grid as soon as November. The service will cover the U.S. and Canada but could expand to more countries.