In practical terms, this could mean that the iPhone 13 will partly be a satellite device with which to call + send messages even from areas without any mobile signal, which will be inside smartphones. revolutionary solution. Currently, special devices for commercial satellite communications are used in remote areas, such as the Garmin inReach Mini (Review – here). But it certainly won’t be easy, as the operators will have to cooperate as well.
The satellite connection inside the iPhone 13 will use satellites inside LEO – in LEO for communication. Ming-Chi Kuo added that the Series 13 will include special hardware to communicate with these satellites.. Of course, this must be enabled by appropriate software features, which only Apple will have.
Various leaks confirm that the iPhone 13 should include a specially adapted chip Qualcomm X60, which supports satellite communication. Competing brands and devices are currently awaiting adoption/certification of the X65 chip, which will be required as part of the implementation of satellite communications features in 2022.
Let’s add that Spacelink Starlink is the supplier of Internet connectivity within “LEO” and the provider of satellite communications services allegedly Globalstar. This company is partnering with Qualcomm to support the n53 band in the upcoming X65 chipset.
For this to work easily, mobile operators must also work together
Ming-Chi Kuo explains that the simplest scenario for providing satellite communications within LEO is cooperation – mobile operators have to work with Globalstar. Thus end users can use the satellite communication service very easily – within the operator and at fixed prices without additional contracts and payments.
Satellite communications within LEO comparable to mmWave5G. The impact of this technology on the networking/telecommunications industry is huge – in a positive sense. According to Ming-Chi Kua, Apple is very optimistic about satellite communications. Over time, it plans to create a separate research and development team for satellite technologies so that it can implement them in different devices. It is assumed that Apple plans to use this technology very actively, as it can significantly improve some shortcomings and functions in the field of electric mobility and the like.
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