Apple iPhone 13 to reportedly support satellite communications

August 30, 2021 | 2 minutes read

It will allow the phones to send calls and texts in areas where the cellular connection isn’t strong enough, according to an analyst’s note.

Apple’s iPhone 13 will have the feature of satellite connectivity that will allow users to make text and calls in areas that lack strong cellular coverage, according to a note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The forthcoming handset will include hardware that allows it to tap low Earth orbit satellites, allowing it to stay connected in areas that lack 4G or 5G coverage, Kuo told investors in a note seen by MacRumors. The iPhone 13 is expected to use a Qualcomm X60 baseband chip, which reportedly supports satellite communications.

This feature is expected to raise the hype and popularity of the new iPhone for users that live in or near areas that don’t have strong cellular coverage. The move is expected to garner Apple new customers and increase sales. It will also help travelers, researchers, and people that travel to areas with the least cellular coverage available, they will have the opportunity to stay connected with the world.

Kuo singles out LEO satellite communication service provider Globalstar as the company “most likely to cooperate with Apple in terms of technology and service coverage.” Globalstar has operated dozens of satellites for voice services at that altitude for many years.

The new iPhone is expected to debut in September, with rumored features such as a small notch, updated design, bigger batteries in all phones of the 13 series and a thicker camera bump with a back display as some leaks have suggested. A collection of nifty new color options like bubblegum pink, matte black, and bronzy sunset gold are expected as well.