Last week, trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the iPhone 13 series could come with LEO (Low-Earth-Orbit) satellite communication support. That is, users can make messages or make phone calls even if they do not have a cellular network. Bloomberg’s Mark Garman detailed the feature a few days ago. However, according to a new report,
the iPhone 13 with satellite features will not be available in all markets but will be limited to a few specific markets.
The iPhone 13 Series LEO will not launch in all countries with satellite communication support
This emergency feature will only work in areas where cellular coverage is almost non-existent, PowerOn reports. In that case, the Satellite Communications Edition of the iPhone 13 series will not be available in countries with ththe improved network coverage. The report further states that although calls to different numbers within the country can be made without cellular coverage in the initial stage, it is not possible to make calls anywhere in the world.
The iPhone 13 series will use Qualcomm X60 chips for LEO technology
It is learned that the LEO satellite communication mode on the iPhone 13 series models will be based on Qualcomm’s customized X60 baseband chip. Network operators will have to work with US-based satellite communications company Globalstar to provide this specialized technology.
The iPhone 13 series may launch on September 14. Four models may come under this series – iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and, iPhone 13 Pro Max. The price of this series is expected to be the same as the iPhone 12 series.