According to the recent report, the iPhone 13 launched this month. It claims that the upcoming iPhone 13 model will be equipped with a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications connection. Allowing users to make calls and send messages in areas without cellular network coverage.
- It is recommended that Apple add LEO satellite support to its iPhone 13 series.
- Initially, this allows users to send text messages and report crashes in areas with no cellular connection.
- The service can also handle some calls eventually.
How the LEO Satellite Connection Might Work On iPhone 13?
Satellite phones communicate using satellites instead of cell towers. Like GPS, these satellites usually orbit the earth in low earth orbit (LEO). Therefore, users should always keep at least one of them in their pockets, no matter where they are.
There are two main reasons for using satellite phones. The first example is ocean-going ships, from yachts to oil tankers.
Secondly, emergency locators for boats heading to the Amazon rainforest or other very remote parts of the planet are the most common personal devices users can use to connect to the LEO satellite.
People in remote areas in need of help can use these GPS satellite navigators for help. That relay their location to emergency services. Globalstar and Iridium are two companies that provide satellite phone services.
According to reports, Apple has established a partnership with Globalstar. SpaceX / Starlink is a company under Elon Musk that provides a fixed Internet connection.
Globalstar’s monthly plan starts from US$8.95 for one text message per day. It also increases to US$34.95 for unlimited text messages. Users can add 150 minutes for $79.99/month and unlimited minutes through voice calls for $199.99/month.
Although the iPhone 13 satellite capabilities can send text and voice messages. Users still need a separate data plan to take advantage of them.
How iPhone 13 Works With Globalstar to Achieve Satellite Coverage?
The iPhone 13 allowing the user to communicate with satellites in low earth orbit. That means your calls and text messages can continue in areas lacking 4G and 5G coverage. The next smartphone may also use the Qualcomm X60 baseband chip, which supports satellite connections.
This next-generation feature will make the iPhone particularly attractive to consumers. Who live in places where cellular services are disappointing and consumers. Who often venture into remote areas (risk losing contact with the outside world).
It happened after many years of increased visibility on low-Earth orbit (LEO-based) satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. SpaceX’s goal is to activate new broadband services that can work anywhere on the planet.
SpaceX is not the only company seeking to build a constellation of orbiting Internet satellites. Over the years, Globalstar has used dozens of satellites to support LEO’s voice services. That makes it more experienced than SpaceX in this regard.
However, although SpaceX’s new service is designed to provide consistent coverage for daily use. All these rummers indicate that the satellite communication function of the iPhone 13 is only suitable for emergencies.
Does The iPhone 13 May Give a Full Satellite Service?
iPhone 13 may have limited connectivity. A popular satellite emergency messaging feature allows users to connect to a satellite network and send text messages to emergency services and contacts when and where there is no cellular network.
These SOS messages will be limited in length and displayed as gray bubbles instead of the traditional green color of SMS messages (or the blue color of iMessages).
According to reports, these particular texts will even enter the “Do Not Disturb” mode. That may increase the chance of users receiving messages when time is tight.
According to Bloomberg News, the function will also require clarification of the nature of the emergency.
The phone will ask what kind of emergency happened. For example, it is a car, boat, plane, or fire.” Users can also send location information and medical identification; the latter can be done in the iPhone health app Configuration.
Personal mobile phones have been able to access satellites directly for decades. Still, the iconic phones of the 1980s and early 1990s are generally not compatible with the Internet or fit in a pocket (some of them may be larger than a pocket).
Since the advent of smartphones, communication has been concentrated on cell phone towers. If calls need to travel the world. The buildings will then be connected to a more extensive network in contact with satellites. Although transatlantic lines can also transmit information. Cross the seabed.
Although Apple’s iPhone 13 may not be a full-service satellite device. The ability to send emergency text messages from remote or remote areas. That will undoubtedly attract some rural consumers that SpaceX intends to provide Internet coverage for.
Time will prove that telephone connection standards in low-coverage areas will dominate in the next few years.