Your Next iPhone Might Be Able to Make Calls Without a Cell Signal or Wifi
The upcoming iPhone 13 might work with low earth orbit satellites to help you make calls or send texts in areas without coverage
Your next iPhone will be so smart that it won’t even need a cell signal or wifi to make a call. Maybe.
That’s the suggestion of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as seen by MacRumors. According to that site, Kuo shared a note with investors explaining that the iPhone 13 will utilize low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity so users can make calls or send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage.
This (not confirmed) technological feat, which might be replicated in other smartphones next year, is possible due to customized a Qualcomm X60 baseband chip and communications with Globalstar, a LEO satellite communication service provider that, not surprisingly, just saw shares jump 40% on these rumors. The best part? MacRumors suggests no additional payments or contracts will be required.
Some other iPhone 13 rumors to consider:
- Matte black and bronze will be new color options
- Due to the increased cost of chip production, the new iPhones (expect there to be four of them) will probably cost more
- Stronger magnets on the back to improve MagSafe attachments
Finally, we can expect Apple’s launch event around September 14th and the iPhone 13 to go on sale (probably) on September 24th.
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