Lastly a enjoyable iPhone 13 rumor! If Apple holds to its conventional schedule we’re mere weeks away from a brand new iPhone, and till now the rumors have been slight and, dare I say boring. But famous Apple prognosticator and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now claiming the iPhone 13 might have the flexibility to make satellite tv for pc calls constructed proper in, in line with MacRumors.
In a notice to traders, Kuo claims that the iPhone 13 will have the ability to join on to low earth orbit (or LEO) satellites due to a custom-made Qualcomm X60 baseband chip. LEO satellites are in all probability greatest referred to as the spine of Elon Musks’ Starlink web service which depends on satellites in a decrease orbit to beam web right down to clients and keep away from a number of the frequent pitfalls of satellite tv for pc web, together with excessive latency, and customary blackouts.
However Starlink isn’t the one firm utilizing LEO satellites for connectivity. Hughesnet and OneWeb have mixed forces to roll out a competitor to Starlink and Immarsat introduced a brand new constellation supposed to mix with terrestrial 5G networks for a extra international answer. Extra essential for this iPhone rumor is Globalstar, which noticed its inventory skyrocket earlier this yr when Qualcomm introduced its upcoming X65 chip would assist Globalstar’s Band n53 tech. 3GPP had beforehand accepted Band n53 as a 5G band.
If this rumor is true the X60 would doubtless be supporting one other factor of 5G, which is at present comprised of an entire mixture of applied sciences, together with the ultrafast however restricted vary millimeter-wave and the extra widespread, however slower C-Band. LEO 5G would supply assist in locations that don’t but have towers beaming down the opposite types of 5G velocity—significantly helpful in lots of rural areas that usually battle to get 3G or 4G connectivity.
What which means for battery life stays to be seen. There’s additionally the tree issue. Hopefully, the X60 chip within the iPhone 13 gained’t be as prone to arboreal interference as a Starlink’s Dishy McFlatface.