09 September 2021
There have been plenty of iPhone 13 rumors so far but all of them talk about the usual upgrades that we expect. But the newest information coming from Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that there is one unique feature coming with the next lineup. Apple is said to launch the iPhone 13 series with low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite support.
This will basically allow iPhone 13 devices to make satellite calls. The feature will be beneficial for times when a user does not have access to 5G or even 4G LTE connectivity. They will be able to send texts and make phone calls through satellite connectivity. Apple is said to have made use of a custom Qualcomm X60 baseband chip.
It is currently unknown whether Apple will use LEO satellites only for its own apps like iMessage or even for third-party offerings. It should be noted that satellite connectivity is relatively slower than the widely used telecom networks. This is the reason we would suggest you not get your hopes high for using the new feature for running your favorite social media and entertainment apps.
There is also a possibility that Apple may expand LEO satellite connectivity support to other products. But all of these are only speculations for the time being. We will have to wait to see how much of these details actually turn out to be true. If there are any other leaks or reports, we will keep you posted.