Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 13 series soon, and plenty of details about the new-gen phone have surfaced online in the form of rumors and leaks. The latest report from MacRumors suggests the upcoming iPhones will come with LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellite connectivity for users to make calls or send messages in emergencies where they find themselves with no network coverage.
iPhone 13 could let users make calls without a network
In a note to investors, Popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested Apple will include the technology in the 2021 iPhones. The new-gen phone is said to come with hardware and software for easy connectivity with LEO satellites. With this, users will send a message or call someone even when no 4G or 5G network is available.
The iPhone 13 is expected to come with a customized Qualcomm X60 baseband chip to support satellite communications. Apple is most likely to bring on board Globalstar for this as its LEO satellite communication service provider. That said, SpaceX’s Starlink is a popular provider of the same service, too.
It is suggested that for Apple to provide this functionality to users, each network operator may collaborate with Globalstar. This would allow users to directly get in touch with Globalstar’s satellite communication service via their network operator without paying any extra charges.
As for the new iPhone 13 lineup is expected to launch four models: the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. All devices are expected to come with improved cameras, bigger batteries, a smaller notch, and improved Face ID, an A15 Bionic chip, an iOS 15, and more. The Pro models are also expected to get a ProMotion 120Hz display, and a few new cameras features, among other things.
The iPhone 13 series is expected to launch next month.