Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that its up and coming iPhone 13 may enable low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connections, availing users the feature to conduct calls and send messages without a 4G or 5G cellular connection.
What more can we expect?
The iPhone 13 line-up will have hardware that can link to LEO satellites, allowing users to make calls and send messages without cellular access if the appropriate software capabilities are enabled. According to the source, Apple will employ a customised Qualcomm X60 baseband chip that supports satellite communications, while other smartphone manufacturers will wait until 2022 to use the technology.
Globalstar, an American LEO satellite communication service provider, is expected to collaborate with Apple on technology and service coverage, according to the analyst. Individual network operators could also partner with the corporation to give LEO connection to users.