Monday, September 20

The iPhone 13 could offer satellite communication | Digital Trends Spanish

Can you imagine being able to make calls or send messages even if you don’t have coverage? Well, it seems that the next iPhone could offer this possibility.

According to a report by trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported by MacRumors, the new iPhone 13 will have a communication system through satellites in low orbit known as Low Earth Orbit (LEO, for its acronym in English). Kuo hopes that the new iPhone 13s will have the customized Qualcomm X60 modem, so that in addition to offering compatibility with 5G networks it also offers the possibility of satellite communications, something that would help users in rural areas where coverage sometimes it is scarce.

Apple would be the first manufacturer to incorporate this type of connectivity, since the only modem (the X65) that could provide devices with it would not arrive until 2022, when the rest of the brands could include it in their phones.

A before and after in communications

Currently, the most popular LEO project is Starlink from SpaceX, but according to Kuo Apple is more likely to work for this type of technology and service coverage with Globalstar, since Qualcomm has already worked with this company to support the n53 band on your X65 modems.

Kuo mentions in his report that the impact on the industry of the use of satellite communications in mobile phones such as the iPhone 13 will be enormous, similar to what happened with mmWave 5G, which is why the analyst assures that Apple has created an internal team for the research and development of satellite technology.

This information is not official, so although it is very interesting, we have to wait for the official presentation of the devices to know what is true in it.

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