The next iPhone (possibly iPhone 13) will be able to support satellite communications. Users will be able to make calls and send text messages without a cellular signal. This is reported by 9to5Mac, citing a statement from renowned Apple analyst Min-Chi Kuo.
The iPhone 12 hit Apple with the launch of 5G technology. It looks like the Cupertino-based developers want to keep the momentum going by adding yet another new radio technology to smartphones this year. Min-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, said that developers will implement a satellite communication mode in future iPhone 13 models. IPhone 13 users will be able to send messages and make calls even if they are not within standard 4G / 5G cell tower coverage.
Kuo suggests that in the future, satellite communications will be used in Apple AR headsets, Apple Car, and other IoT accessories. The analyst predicts that the iPhone 13 will use a modified version of the Qualcomm X60 baseband modem chip. He will support satellite communications.
Some experts question the feasibility of the project. Apple developed satellite technology for the iPhone in 2019, Bloomberg reported. Then it was reported that the engineers will release the product within five years. Two years to create such a technology is too little, assuming that the leaks were accurate from the beginning. It is also necessary to resolve logistical issues, for example, the choice of service providers. Satellite service has always been expensive and difficult to sell, even if the user regularly finds himself outside the range of a hundredth connection.