iPhone 13 will be a satellite phone that will allow users to make calls and text even when they are out of range of the cell tower network, analyst says
- Apple’s latest iPhone will offer technology that will allow it to connect to satellites, according to a new analyst report
- This allows users to make calls and send messages even when they are out of range of a 4G or 5G network
- The new iPhone gets a custom Qualcomm chip that enables satellite communications in low Earth orbit (LEO)
- Qualcomm is reportedly working with Globalstar on the chip, the analyst said
Apple’s latest iPhone will offer technology that allows it to connect to satellites, allowing users to make calls and send messages when out of range of a 4G or 5G network, according to a new analyst report.
TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the new device will feature a modified Qualcomm chip that will enable low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications, effectively turning the next iPhone into a satellite phone, according to a report seen by MacRumors.
The analyst said Qualcomm is partnering with Globalstar on the chip, a modified version of the Qualcomm X60 baseband chip.
Kuo added that the “simplest scenario” for getting connectivity would be for network operators, such as AT&T or Verizon, to partner with Globalstar.
Apple’s latest iPhone will offer technology that will allow it to connect to satellites, according to a new analyst report
Qualcomm is said to be working with Globalstar on the chip, a modified version of the Qualcomm X60 baseband chip. Globalstar currently has 48 LEO satellites (shown) in use
In this case, an AT&T or Verizon customer could use Globalstar’s service without any additional contract or payments.
Currently, Globalstar has 48 LEO satellites in operation, according to Aerospace Technology.
It is currently unclear whether messages and calls via satellite would be available for iMessage and FaceTime or all forms of communication on the iPhone, 9to5Mac reported.
In addition to the technology potentially being part of the next iPhone, Kuo said it could be part of future Apple devices, including the much-publicized augmented reality headset, the Apple Car, and other products.
Shares of Globalstar rose more than 63 percent to $2.34 on the back of the report.
Shares of Globalstar were up more than 63 percent to $2.34 on the back of the report
Apple and Globalstar have not yet responded with a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
A Qualcomm spokesperson declined to comment on this story.
Forms of low-Earth orbit communications have received a lot of attention, thanks in large part to SpaceX and its Starlink Internet venture.
In June, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the company was on track to have more than 500,000 Starlink users by 2022 and could invest up to $30 billion in the project.
2019, Bloomberg reported: that Apple had a team working on getting satellites to send data to their devices.
Apple is likely to announce the next iPhones in the first half of September.
The new devices are likely to have upgrades to both photo and video capabilities and a smaller notch, DailyMail.com previously reported.
They are expected to maintain the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 models, including 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch for the regular models and 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch for the Pro models.
The new iPhones will likely be made from the same materials as previous devices, which may change with the 2022 iPhone model.