Apple is an infamous tech company. It is well-known for remaining with the current trends as well as creating, and giving customers unique, fresh designs. Apple seldom publishes information about its projects, but the iPhone 13 appears to be the company’s most ambitious handset yet, according to recent speculations and leaks from reliable sources.
The Qualcomm X60 baseband chip that Apple is expected to use in the “iPhone 13” will handle low-earth-orbit satellite communications, according to recent sources. Based on Qualcomm’s collaboration with Globalstar, sources believe the latter is the most likely partner for the project.
It won’t be the first smartphone to support satellite communications, but it will be the first mainstream model to do so if the rumor is correct. Other suppliers who want satellite communications services will have to wait a year, until 2022, and will have to use the X65 baseband processor.
It’s unclear what Apple will add to the X60 to support satellite communications. What Apple will have to do for an antenna array that is essential for the technology and differentiates from LTE or 5G antennae is also unknown. Most satellite phones have a visible antenna and, in some circumstances, other external equipment to catch and relay the satellite signal, similar to the traditional Nokia feature-phone design.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, feels that this is only Apple’s first entry into the technology. “Innovative user experiences that may be combined with new goods” are believed to be among the features included in the “iPhone 13.” Kuo specifically mentions how the merging of satellite technology with millimeter-wave 5G wireless networking will improve an Apple head-mounted display or Apple Car.
Apple is expected to release the “iPhone 13” series in the fall as part of its annual product refresh. Aside from Sunday’s satellite communications report, speculations have suggested several camera upgrades, including a higher sensor resolution, larger lenses, and autofocus on the Pro models.While no drastic changes are excepted if the rumors are to be believed. However, the slight upgrades will make functions such as file transfer with ease. There’s also speculation over whether Apple would keep the existing 3-camera and 2-camera setups on the Pro and Standard models, or switch to a 4-camera setup.