After a great initial craze in which we could already see ourselves calling by phone without the need for coverage anywhere in the world, several reports offered more details on the connection of iPhones to satellites. Shortly after Ming-Chi Kuo’s initial report, we took it for granted that this would only be an option for emergencies, now Mark Gurman adds that it will only be available in certain countries.

“Apple plans to eventually deploy its own satellite network”

In the last installment of his weekly newsletter, Mark Gurman delved into the subject of satellite calls on the iPhone 13 a little further. A feature which, as we have already assumed, will only be available in certain areas without coverage and only in some countries. . That said, the reporter goes on to say that Apple is considering launching its own satellite network, although there are still years to come.

“Emergency functions will only work in areas without cell coverage and only in certain markets. Apple plans to eventually deploy its own satellite network to transmit data to devices, but it will likely be years before this plan takes off. ”

Gurman goes one step further and states that the iPhone will not make normal user-to-user calls without cell coverage in the near future. According to the Bloomberg reporter, the technology is not yet ready, the price would be considerable “and could hamper the operators on which Apple relies” for the distribution of the iPhone.

“Some have asked me if these new features mean that the iPhone can be used as a satellite phone and have the ability to make calls anywhere in the world without cell coverage. The answer is a big no. not even happening now … not next year, not in the near future. ”

We take it for granted that satellite communication will come, although it looks like there are still a few years left.

With all of that in mind, it looks like we’ll have to wait for the official iPhone 13 presentation to find out. In the end, whatever equipment these new phones carry, the function will be activated selectively depending on availability and the area in which we are located.

The truth is that satellite communication for reporting emergencies is really interesting, but at the same time, as the telephone coverage reaches more and more areas of the territory, this mechanism can be shifted. In the end, the necessary equipment has high costs, the battery consumption is high and the price of the service, although in an emergency it is usually free, is considerable.

It looks like we’ll have to wait a few years before we can tweet from the middle of the Gobi Desert, although like many things we take it for granted. For now, looking at a closer horizon, we can discuss whether the new 14in and 16in MacBook Pros will be 5G network compatible, which many of us will appreciate.

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