The iPhone 13 possibly bring satellite connectivity, to make calls when there is no coverage, according to Ming-Chi Kuo
If all goes according to plan, the next iPhone 13 we may see in just a few weeks. The rumors to date about the next Apple iPhone point to slight changes from the current generation. However, there are a new feature on the radar that would mark an important step for the company’s smartphone: satellite connectivity.
As revealed by 9to5mac, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that iPhone 13 will feature satellite connectivity. Ming-Chi Kuo has previously leaked various features of Apple products with great efficiency by allegedly having access to Apple’s assembly line and suppliers.
He communicated to investors that Ming-Chi Kuo has sent detailed that the iPhone 13 will be able to communicate directly with low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. For it will make use of a Qualcomm X60 chip customized by Apple. Low Earth orbit satellites are those that allow direct communications, the most popular example of these satellites right now may be SpaceX’s Starlink, although we also have OneWeb for example.
What is it used for? Essentially, if it happens as expected, the iPhone 13 They will be able to make calls from anywhere in the world even if they do not have 3G, 4G or 5G coverage. They would make the calls through satellite connectivity, which does not depend on terrestrial antennas but on the phone communicating with some of the satellites that pass over it at that time.
What else to expect from the iPhone 13
Whether or not the rumor is true, there is no doubt that the next-generation iPhone is weeks away from us. Apple usually presents them in the first weeks of September and shipments are made in October. This year you will probably follow the same routine that you have followed for almost a decade. Apart from satellite connection, what else to expect from the iPhone 13?
First of all is that surely not an iPhone 13 but four of them. Like this year, an iPhone 13 mini, an iPhone 13, an iPhone 13 Pro, and an iPhone 13 Pro Max are expected. The main difference will be the size (from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches), but also internal characteristics or different camera systems for example.
A relevant change could be the notch from the top, it would not disappear but it may be smaller than these previous generations. Apple on the other hand would retain the rectangular design with straight edges. One last relevant change could be seen in the cameras, which would improve their specifications by especially adding sensors with larger pixels to better capture light.
Via | 9to5mac