Apple may add satellite communication to iPhone

After iPhone 13 ships with hardware support for satellite communications, but without the service being offered, iPhone 14 will offer satellite communications service if Apple and operators can finally settle for the business model, according to the uber-analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro design according to multiple leaks (Image: CONCEPTSIPHONE)
Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro design according to multiple leaks (Image: CONCEPTSIPHONE)

Ming-Chi Kuo via media:

The increasing frequency of natural disasters and geopolitical conflicts in recent years will likely make emergency voice / messaging services via satellite communication an indispensable feature for smartphones.

Satellite communication is one of the test items of the iPhone 14 before mass production, and Apple has completed hardware tests for this feature. The satellite communication of the iPhone 14 mainly provides emergency voice / sms services.

Whether the iPhone 14 will offer a satellite communications service depends on whether Apple and the operators can establish the business model.

I learned that Apple had already completed the hardware development of satellite communication in the iPhone 13. The lack of support was due to the fact that the business model was not negotiated.

It’s hard to predict exactly when the iPhone will offer satellite communication service, but I believe it will eventually.

The operator most likely to partner with Apple for satellite communications is Globalstar.

MacDailyNews takes: The beat of the drums gets louder. On Friday, Tim Farrar, a satellite communications consultant at California-based research firm Telecom, Media and Finance Associates, wrote that he believes Apple will likely announce its long-awaited satellite connectivity feature for iPhones at its “Far out.” on 7 September a special event.

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