The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit satellite communication connectivity according to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
Finally a new iPhone 13 rumor! If Apple holds to its traditional schedule the unveil of the new iPhone is just weeks away, and there haven´t been much rumors yet. According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the iPhone 13 could have the ability to make satellite calls built right in, according to MacRumors.
In a note to investors, Kuo claims that the iPhone 13 will be able to connect directly to low earth orbit (or LEO) satellites thanks to a customized Qualcomm X60 baseband chip. LEO satellites are probably best known as the backbone of SpaceX Starlink internet service. Satellites stationed in a lower orbit to provide internet to customers and avoid some of the common problems of satellite internet, like high latency, and frequent blackouts. This could allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage.
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If this rumor is true the X60 would likely be supporting another element of 5G, which is currently comprised of a whole mix of technologies, including the ultrafast but limited range millimeter-wave and the more widespread, but slower C-Band. LEO 5G would provide support in places that don’t yet have towers beaming down the other forms of 5G speed—particularly useful in many rural areas that often struggle to get 3G or 4G connectivity. What that means for battery life remains to be seen.
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