iPhone 13 reaches for the stars: Apple is planning an ingenious feature

iPhone 13 reaches for the stars: Apple is planning an ingenious feature

If you think you already know more or less everything about the upcoming iPhone 13, then shortly before the release, Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo will come up with a feature that has not been mentioned before and is rather unexpected. However, the function could not come until 2022, as other experts admit.

Ming-Chi Kuo is rarely wrong, his predictions about new Apple products are considered reliable in the industry, after all, the expert and insider has been well connected for years and has appropriate sources. Now he reveals: The iPhone 13 becomes a satellite phone in an emergency and is still suitable for phone calls and SMS when no 4G or 5G network is available (source: Ming-Chi Kuo via MacRumors).

iPhone 13 could become a satellite phone

If the worst comes to the worst, the iPhone 13 will then be able to establish a connection to so-called LEO satellites in space . This refers to artificial earth satellites that are in a low orbit (LEO = low earth orbit). An example of such a technology is the Starlink satellite network that was recently in focus - intended for worldwide Internet coverage. However, Apple will probably have to access a different network.

As Kuo mentioned, the Qualcomm X60 chip built into the iPhone 13 supports a corresponding satellite connection that will probably be compatible with Globalstar . Rumor has it that Qualcomm has allegedly worked with Globalstar to support the corresponding n53 tape in future X65 chips. This suggests that the same applies to the chip in the iPhone 13.

In the video we show the "ultimate" iPhone, as our readers imagine it:

Is Apple not ready yet?

But will you need another contract with the satellite provider in the future in order to be able to use the feature? Not necessarily. The Apple expert assumes that individual network operators will work directly with Globalstar . Customers of a partner network operator could use Globalstar's satellite communication service on the iPhone 13 without going through their "normal" network operator. No additional contracts or payments would be required. Kuo also suspects that other Apple products could communicate via satellite in the future. Apple's "mixed reality head-mounted display device", electric vehicles and other IoT (Internet of Things) accessories are explicitly mentioned.

But is the time really ripe for it? In the meantime, the news magazine Bloomberg confirms the latest report by Ming-Chi Kuo, but robs us of any hope of an early implementation (source: Bloomberg). According to the reporters, the iPhone 13 should have the appropriate hardware, but the software should not be ready for the launch of the new Apple cell phone . The feature would then be ready for use in the next year at the earliest, and users could then send text messages via satellite in an emergency if there is no cellular connection.

We'll find out what really applies to the presentation of the iPhone 13. It will be ready in a few weeks, presumably on September 14th . So we don't have to wait long to check the truth of the latest prediction.

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