Apple Watch With Satellite Connection, iMac With M3 Chip May Arrive in 2023, Report Says

The iPhone 14 is rumored to be getting the new satellite functionality for emergency use too.

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Apple may have some upgrades in store for the Apple Watch and the iMac. According to Mark Gurman's Sunday newsletter for Bloomberg, an Apple Watch with satellite connectivity and an M3-based version of the company's desktop could be in the works.

The M3-based iMacs could arrive at the end of next year at the earliest, while the Apple Watch could gain the new functionality for emergency use this year or in 2023, said Gurman, a tech reporter who has a reputable track record of uncovering details about upcoming Apple products.

Satellite connectivity, which was a rumored iPhone 13 feature that didn't come to fruition, would allow you to send short texts to select contacts when out of cellular service range in emergency situations. The feature is also rumored to be coming to the iPhone 14 this fall. 

As for the iMac, many details surrounding Apple's M3 chip are unclear, but Apple has reportedly been actively testing its next generation of in-house chips, the M2 chips series, in several new Mac models to possibly launch later this year. These models include a MacBook Air, Mac Mini and an entry-level MacBook Pro, among others.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.