We are used to always having a blanket. This is something we take for granted in urban areas, as usual in the most rural areas, and we appreciate it in the most inaccessible areas of the territory. However, there are many parts of the world where there is no phone coverage, which is something the iPhone 13 wants to address.
Internet connection from anywhere in the world
According to Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), the new iPhone 13 will have communication via low orbit (LEO) satellites. A system that will allow you to make calls and send messages in areas where there is no traditional phone coverage.
The renowned analyst expects the iPhone 13 to ship a Qualcomm X60 chip customized to enable satellite communications. Something other manufacturers won’t see until 2022, when Qualcomm officially launches the X65 chip, which supports these kind of connections.
While the most well-known LEO communications project is SpaceX’s Starlink, Ming Chi Kuo hopes that the connectivity provider “best suited to cooperate with Apple in terms of technology and coverage” will be Globalstar. A company that has apparently worked with Qualcomm before to make future X65s support the n53 tape needed to provide the service.
A technology that could have a similar or greater impact than 5G mmWave.
According to Kuo, the easiest way to provide connectivity through LEO is for different operators to work directly with Globstar. This would mean that as customers we could use satellite communication on our iPhone 13 directly without any contracts or additional payment.
As Kuo himself reminds us, LEO technology is expected to impact the telecom industry as big or better than 5G mmWave. According to the analyst, Apple is “optimistic” on the two technologies and in terms of satellite communication has formed a specific research and development team “some time ago”.
So this technology would arrive with the iPhone 13, but in the future it could reach more devices to, as Kuo said, “deliver innovative experiences.” Here, we can both imagine augmented reality glasses, the Apple Car or simply a Mac with an internet connection from anywhere on the planet.
It is clear that a large part of our daily activity involves the use of the Internet. It is clear that there are still many tasks that we can do without relying on an Internet connection, but they are less and less so. We’ve come to rely on cloud storages for our files, we’re starting to play in the cloud, there are even fully cloud-based operating systems.
In a scenario with these characteristics, it is essential to be able to offer a product with connectivity anywhere. The same 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro we’re expecting in a few weeks could easily offer 5G connectivity, which is already available on the iPad Pro M1. Satellite connectivity goes one step further to ensure that wherever we are, we can access the network.
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