Personal Tech | August 30, 2021 12:08 pm

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

SEPTEMBER 12: Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, speaks during an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California. Apple's next big launch event for the iPhone will probably happen in mid-September
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at an Apple product event in 2018.
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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:

Finally, we can expect Apple’s launch event around September 14th and the iPhone 13 to go on sale (probably) on September 24th.