The new satellite connectivity with LEO satellites will allow iPhone 13 users to send and receive text messages and make phone calls when not in cellular coverage.
Apple has been known for implementing new trends in the Smartphone industry. And now it is ready to bring yet another feature to its iPhone 13 lineup. The series, which is going to launch this September, has been rumored to have antennas for a low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communication mode.
Famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today revealed that he expects the upcoming iPhone 13 models to feature a low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communication mode. Interestingly, this new feature has long been kept a secret as the iPhone 13 series launch is just two weeks away.
The new satellite connectivity with LEO satellites will allow iPhone 13 users to send and receive text messages and even make phone calls when not in the range of standard 4G/5G cell coverage. This can be a gamechanger for the Smartphone industry, as this feature has been limited to only dedicated bulky satellite phones, which are expensive and not easy to purchase.
Apple foraying into satellite technology has been making to the news since 2019. But this is the first time that any Apple device is actually getting this feature. According to Kuo, the iPhone 13 will include a customized version of the Qualcomm X60 baseband modem chip,which will support communications over satellite.
He further singled out that the satellite communication service provider Globalstar as the company "most likely to cooperate with Apple in terms of technology and service coverage." According to several media reports, the upcoming iPhone 13 series will get launched on September 14. It will go on pre-orders from September 17 and is said to go on sale starting September 24.
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