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iPhone 13 may let users make calls and send messages thanks to satellite connectivity

iPhone 13 will be a satellite phone that will let users make calls and send texts even if they’re out of range of cellphone tower network, analyst says

  • Apple’s newest iPhone will offer technology that lets it connect to satellites, according to a new analyst report
  • This will let users make calls and send messages even if they’re out of range from a 4G or 5G network 
  • The new iPhone will have a customized Qualcomm chip that allows for low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications 
  • Qualcomm is purportedly working with Globalstar on the chip, the analyst said


Apple’s newest iPhone will offer technology that lets it connect to satellites, allowing users to make calls and send messages when they’re out of range from a 4G or 5G network, according to a new analyst report.   

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the new device will feature a customized Qualcomm chip that allows for low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications, effectively making the next iPhone a satellite phone, according to a report seen by MacRumors

The analyst said Qualcomm is teaming up with Globalstar on the chip, a customized version of Qualcomm X60 baseband chip.

Kuo added that the ‘simplest scenario’ to get connectivity would have network operators, such as AT&T or Verizon, work with Globalstar.  

Apple’s newest iPhone will offer technology that lets it connect to satellites, according to a new analyst report

Qualcomm is said to be working with Globalstar on the chip, a customized version of Qualcomm X60 baseband chip.  At present, Globalstar has 48 LEO (pictured) satellites in operation

Qualcomm is said to be working with Globalstar on the chip, a customized version of Qualcomm X60 baseband chip.  At present, Globalstar has 48 LEO (pictured) satellites in operation

In this case, a customer of AT&T or Verizon would be able to use Globalstar’s service with no additional contract or payments. 

At present, Globalstar has 48 LEO satellites in operation, according to Aerospace Technology

It’s presently unclear if messages and calls over satellite would be available for iMessage and FaceTime or all forms of communication on the iPhone, 9to5Mac reported

In addition to the technology potentially being a part of the next iPhone, Kuo said it could be a part of future Apple devices, including the oft-rumored augmented reality headset, the Apple Car and other products.  

Shares of Globalstar soared more than 63 percent to $2.34 on back of the report.

Shares of Globalstar soared more than 63 percent to $2.34 on back of the report

Shares of Globalstar soared more than 63 percent to $2.34 on back of the report

Apple and Globalstar have not yet responded back with a request for comment from DailyMail.com. 

A Qualcomm spokesman declined to comment for this story.

Low-earth orbit forms of communication have received significant mainstream coverage, due in large part to SpaceX and its Starlink internet venture.

In June, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the company was on track to have more than 500,000 Starlink users by 2022 and could invest as much as $30 billion into the project.  

In 2019, Bloomberg reported that Apple had a team working on having satellites send data to its devices.   

Apple is likely to announce the next iPhones in the first half of September.

The new devices are likely to have upgrades to both its photo and video taking capabilities and a smaller notch, DailyMail.com previously reported

They are expected to retain the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 models, including 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch for the regular models and 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch for the Pro models.

The new iPhones are likely to be made of the same material as previous devices, something that may change with the 2022 iPhone model.

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