• Apple announced messaging via satellite for the Messages app.
  • Coming to iOS 18, the feature will allow users without service to communicate with others.
  • The feature also supports SMS.

Apple announced several new features for its Messages app on iOS 18, the chief of which is messaging via satellite.

At its WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple confirmed that users running an iPhone 14 or newer running iOS 18 can send messages over satellite if they’re without cell service or an internet connection. This occurs within the Messages app, making it more convenient and accessible than more cumbersome satellite messaging solutions. Apple also claimed that all messages are end-to-end encrypted.