iPhone 13’s Low-orbit Satellite Communications
Today, Greg Joswiak, from Apple’s SVP marketing announced that Apple’s new fall launch is scheduled for September 14 at 10:00 am PDT, about a week from now to launch. It is known that this year’s iPhone 13 series is still four, and iPhone 12 series size and positioning the same, that is, mini to Max.
Last week analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPhone 13 series may support low-orbit satellite communication (LEO), which can be used to stay online with the help of satellite services in areas without 4G/5G signal coverage.
LEO refers to earth satellites that operate in orbit between 500-2000 km from the ground, making transmission delay short and path loss small, and is considered the latest and most promising satellite mobile communication system.
News was issued after some questionable comments, but celebrity Mark Gurman confirmed in the show that iPhone 13 may indeed support satellite communications. He said that iPhone 13 support for satellite communications is only for emergency situations, such as disasters, SOS, etc., and the feature will only be enabled to limited markets only.
And even if the area is supported, this feature can only send emergency calls or safety information, and can not receive calls. It is said to be because of the high cost of satellite phone and will cause dissatisfaction of operators.
In addition, Ming-Chi Kuo’s report mentions that the iPhone 13 support for satellite communications may cooperate with manufacturers such as Globalstar, which has the support of Qualcomm, China Telecom and other companies behind it.