The iPhone 12 introduced 5G connectivity to Apple’s iPhone lineup, and users have responded positively by expressing a strong desire for the technology. While Apple’s upcoming iPhone will undoubtedly have 5G with enhanced capabilities, the iPhone 13 could also include a new cellular radio technology. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned analyst, the iPhone 13 may have low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications capability, which allows users to make calls and send SMS in areas where network signals are poor.
This basically enables the device to make satellite-based connections even if it is outside the range of a regular 4G or 5G network. Bloomberg first revealed in 2019 that Apple may be employing the LEO satellite connection mode on the iPhone for faster data transfers, but this is the first time we’ve heard of the functionality. Apple could use LEO technology in rumored AR headsets, Apple Cars and other Internet of Things devices in addition to the iPhone 13.
The Qualcomm X60 baseband modem processor, which will allow communication via satellite without some sort of optimization, will make LEO satellite communications capability conceivable. Although LEO mode will allow for calls and the exchange of messages, it is unclear whether these two functions will work with Apple services such as iMessage and FaceTime, or whether Apple will be able to beam information to any device through common network towers. For proxy will use satellite connection. Since this sounds like a convenience built for emergencies, the latter makes more sense. There is no information about whether Apple will charge its users for this service or not.