iPhone 13 will support satellite communications, says Ming-Chi Kuo
- August 30, 2021
Noted Apple investigator Ming-Chi Kuo says that the “iPhone 13” will can utilize satellite communications, on account of a customized baseband chip.
In a note to investors, seen by AppleInsider Ming-Chi Kuo says that the Qualcomm X60 baseband chip that Apple is anticipated to use in the “iPhone 13” will support low-earth orbit satellite communications. He puts together this with respect to Qualcomm’s work with Globalstar, making the last the most probable partner for the work.
“There are many potential scenarios for Apple’s business model cooperation with Globalstar,” writes Kuo. “The simplest scenario is that if the user’s operator has already teamed with Globalstar, the user can directly use Globalstar’s satellite communication service on the iPhone 13 through the operator’s service.”
In the event that the report is exact, it will not be the first cell phone to help satellite communications, yet it will be the first mainstream model to do as such. Kuo says that different sellers that need satellite communications functions should stand by a year until some point in 2022, and should utilize the forthcoming X65 baseband chip.
It’s not presently clear how Apple will have dealt with the X60 to help the satellite communications. Likewise unclear is the thing that Apple should execute for an antenna array that is needed for the technology — and contrasts from LTE or 5G antennae. Most satellite phones take after the classic Nokia feature-phone design, with a visible antenna, and at times, another outer equipment to catch and relay the satellite signal.
Kuo additionally accepts that this is only Apple’s first foray into the technology. The consideration in the “iPhone 13” is said to “innovative user experiences that can be integrated with new products.” Specifically, Kuo takes note of that an Apple head-mounted display or Apple Car would be improved by the integration of satellite technology in conjunction with millimeter-wave 5G wireless networking.
Apple is expected to present the “iPhone 13” range in the fall, as part of its annual refresh of the product line. Past Sunday’s satellite communications report bits of gossip have additionally asserted different camera changes, including an expansion for sensor resolution, bigger lenses, and the addition of autofocus on the Pro models.
There has additionally been some discussion about whether Apple will adhere to the current 3-cameras and 2-cameras on the Pro and Standard models respectively, or will move to a 4-camera setup. In the interim, LiDAR is supposed to remain just on the Pro models for one more year.
Additionally as per Kuo, the “iPhone 13 Pro” models will add another super wide camera focal point with self-adjust, an element that will clearly spread to the non-Pro models released in 2022.