The latest and rather unexpected news mentions potential support for connecting to low-orbit satellites – like Musk’s Starlink.
Well-known analyst and techno insider Ming-Chi Kuo recently announced an interesting rumor regarding the upcoming iPhone 13. The latest device from Apple may be able to make satellite calls.
In the latest announcement addressed to investors, Kuo states that the iPhone 13 will support the connection to satellites in low orbit (LEO, or Low Earth Orbit), thanks to a modified chip Qualcomm X60.
The most famous LEO satellites are the mainstay of Starlink, the internet company of Elon Musk. Starlink satellites are located closer to Earth to avoid some of the biggest disadvantages of satellite internet such as slow communication and very frequent signal loss.
Starlink is not the only player in the satellite internet business. There are Hughesnet and OneWeb who have joined forces to compete with Starlink, while Immarsat has announced a new constellation that will ‘merge’ with terrestrial 5G networks in an effort to create a kind of global solution, writes MacRumors.
According to Verge, the company that, if the rumors are true, could mean the most to Apple is Globalstar, whose stock jumped earlier this year after Qualcomm announced the upcoming X65 chip that will support Globalstar’s Band n53 technology. Recall, 3GPP was supported by Band n53 as part of 5G.
If the X60 will support another part of 5G that currently consists of a mix of different technologies, the new iPhone could catch the signal in places where you wouldn’t expect 5G like rural areas that often have 3G capture problems in the US, let alone 5G signal.
It’s also not clear what this technology will do with the battery of the new iPhone, but we’ll get more information for sure after Apple finally officially unveils all the latest devices.