Only A Few Markets Will Receive Apple iPhone 13 Gets Satellite Communications
Apple could finally add satellite communications support for the iPhone 13 with a report that claims units in specific markets will be able to use this functionality.
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Ming-Chi Koo, a leading analyst, claimed that Apple would support satellite communications in its “iPhone 13″, using a custom-built baseband chip. Although some analysts were quick to dismiss the claims, a Sunday report confirms the rumor.
Apple wants satellite communications to be available even though they are not yet in service. However, Apple envisions “deploying beam data on devices to its line of satellites,” but this is still “probably many years away.”
Mark Gorman of Bloomberg’s “Power On” newsletter claims that satellite communication will be available for handsets in “selected markets.” However, this feature will not work in all markets and will not work when there is no cellular coverage.
Gorman claims that the feature will not allow satellite calls to be made anywhere without cellular access. This is because it would “revolt the telephone carriers on which Apple depends.”
Apple may include satellite communications support into the iPhone 13, according to a report. This is even though units in select markets will not be able to access the functionality.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst, sent investors a note on August 29 claiming that Apple would support satellite communications in its iPhone 13. This was done using a custom baseband chip. While some analysts dismissed the claim, a Sunday report appears to confirm the rumor.
Gurman insists that the feature will not permit satellite calls to be made from anywhere without mobile access. This would cause a commotion among the operators of mobile phones on which Apple relies.
Although not a service that is immediately available, Apple is eager to make satellite communications more accessible in the future. It envisions “distributing its own range satellites to transmit data,” but this plan is “probably many decades away.”
Bloomberg’s Power On newsletter claims Mark Gurman has claimed that satellite communications will be available, but only in select markets. This feature will not work in an emergency situation, and it is only available for handsets with no cellular coverage.
Gurman claims that satellite calls cannot be made from anywhere without cellular access. This would cause a rebellion of the phone companies that Apple depends on.
Apple is interested in satellite communications and plans to use its own satellites to transmit data to devices. This plan is “probably years away” from being implemented.