The iPhone 13 is just a few weeks away from release, and there are plenty of reasons to be happy. According to the latest data, the iPhone 13 will have LEO satellite connectivity, which will allow users to send messages and make calls without coverage.
In his recent addresses to investors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects the iPhone 13 to support LEO satellite communications. This means that users will be able to send messages and make phone calls in remote areas without being connected to 4G or 5G. While there have been rumors of this feature in the past, this is the first time this feature has been implemented in the iPhone 13.
In addition, Ming-Chi Kuo also revealed that LEP satellite communications may also be available on future Apple AR / VR headsets and other products. For that to happen, Apple is said to be developing a custom version of the Qualcomm X60 modem chip that will support communication without LAN coverage.
We predict that the iPhone 13’s hardware specifications may support satellite communications in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). If Apple enables the related software features, iPhone 13 users can make calls and send messages via satellite when they are not within 4G / 5G coverage.
Kuo believes LEO satellite communications can be compared to mmWave 5G technology because of its impact on the networking industry. From now on, it is entirely possible that Apple will be able to use both technologies. The company has also set up a dedicated technology research and development team.
It’s unclear at this point if this feature will only work with Apple’s messaging apps like iMessage and FaceTime, or if third-party apps will benefit from support as well. However, Apple has the final say and we’ll find out in the coming weeks.