Monday, Aug 30, 2021, 15:57 iOS: Hardware

iPhone 13 With Satellite Communication?

Next month, Apple will release the iPhone 13 – the device's dimensions and design will remain the same as the iPhone 12's. Only two aspects of the design will change very slightly: the notch in the display for the Face ID sensor will shrink a little bit and the camera module will be slightly larger. There have also been rumors from some sources stating that there will be a Touch ID sensor integrated into the device's display – however, according to current reports, this feature won't appear until next year and with the iPhone 14.

iPhone 13 With Satellite Communication?
Market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already proven multiple times in the past that he has good sources at Apple and his predictions are often accurate. However, Kuo recently released issued a rather questionable statement, according to which Apple is equipping the iPhone 13 with a specially adapted modem from Qualcomm capable of both standard cellular connection and satellite communication.

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Partnership With Global Star
The Qualcomm X60 modem would be adapted to communicate with Globalstar satellites in low orbit. Telephone calls can be made and texts sent over with Globalstar satellites and satellite communication which has a 9.6 Kb/s data transfer rate. Globalstar has over 44 active satellites in orbit and can cover many regions of the earth apart from polar regions. With satellite communication technology it would be possible to send SMS messages and take calls throughout most of the world even without a cellular data connection.

Large Antennas
The iPhone 13 will be Apple's first foray into this technology segment, according to Kuo, who also states that the technology will be used in other Apple products in the future. However, current satellite telephones require very large antennas and it's unlikely that Apple would be able to integrate these into the iPhone 13 without enlarging the phone's housing. Should Apple actually end up offering satellite communication with the iPhone 13, an external antenna will likely be required. Satellite communication prices are also very expensive right now – depending on the contract and provider prices can run from US$.15¢ a minute to US$2.00.

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