Will the iPhone 13 Double as a Satellite Phone? | The Adventure Blog

An iSat Phone?

Last week, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told a group of investors that the iPhone 13 is set to be unveiled in early September. That isn’t any kind of revelation of course, but he also noted that the latest version of device would also come with built-in support for low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications. According to Kuo, this would allow the iPhone to communicate even without the need for 4G or 5G network.

The Globalstar Network

Of course, having an onboard modem capable of communicating with LEO satellites is only one half of the equation. In order for the iPhone to deliver this functionality, it also needs to connect with a satellite communications company. There is some speculation that the provider of that connection could be Elon Musk’s Starlink, which has been building a low-Earth orbit network of satellites for several years. Early reviews of the system indicate that it may have a bright future, but that for now it is still a work in progress.

For Emergency Use Only?

If there is an another Apple analyst that comes close to Kuo in terms of accuracy, it is probably Mark Gurman. He’s a tech reporter for Bloomberg who also has been remarkably accurate in sharing rumors of future iPhones, Mac computers, and other devices. He also first reported that Apple had a team working on satellite communications all the way back in 2019.

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