We are less than a month away from the introduction of this year’s iPhones, and while we have a relatively complete picture of them thanks to all kinds of leaks, new information is still emerging. The latter is the fault of the renowned informant Ming-Chi Kuo, and this is a relatively extensive matter.
You can make a call from iPhone 13 even without mobile signal
If last year’s generation, we finally get network support 5G, this year Apple will go even further with connectivity. Even so far, it should be possible to make calls even in places where the mobile signal does not reach. Kuo claims that this year’s iPhones will have satellite communications, supposedly capable of connecting to satellites in low Earth orbit, on the n53 band.
Both the SpaceX StarX satellites and the Globalstar satellites use this band. The latter company is mentioned as the main candidate for cooperation with Apple. According to Ku, satellite communications should be qualitatively comparable to 5G in the millimeter wave bands, which means very high speed and response. Qualcomm’s modified Snapdragon X60 modem will reportedly work with satellites, giving Apple an edge over the competition; You won’t see satellite communication until next year with a Snapdragon X65 modem.
And what about paying for the satellite connection? According to Ku, the simplest scenario would be travel through mobile operators cooperating with Globalstar (or Starlink). The user would have everything in a single invoice, his money would be shared by both providers. But this is probably a song from the far future, because satellite communications are relatively expensive right now. As recently mentioned by the server Bloomberg, satellite communication on iPhones will likely only be available for emergency communications via iMessage.
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