Well-known and reliable analyst and insider Ming-Chi Kuo shared new details about the long-awaited iPhone 13, which is set to be unveiled on September 14 at Apple's traditional presentation.
According to Kuo, iPhone 13 will support satellite communications thanks to the Qualcomm X60 baseband chip. Even if there is no cellular connection in the area, Apple's new smartphones will be able to make calls and send and receive messages by connecting to satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
Kuo says that Apple's satellite partner is likely to be Globalstar. The user's mobile operator will need to be connected to Globalstar to let users activate the feature and thus avoid signing new contracts making additional payments.
The Cupertino company may well expand its satellite connectivity to more devices in the future, including electric cars, AR helmets, and IoT devices.
What else is known about the new iPhone 13?
It is reported that the iPhone 13 will be powered by Apple's new A15 Bionic chip that will provide improved energy efficiency over its predecessor. In addition, this chip will provide 5G support in the millimeter-wave range.
The main feature of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be the new displays, which will receive a refresh rate of 120 Hz. In addition, the screen of new products will support Always-On mode, as in Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6.
The classic models will come in 5.4" and 6.1" sizes, and the Pro versions will come in 6.1" and 6.7" sizes. However, the design of the iPhone 13 will barely change, except that the notch at the top of the screen will get smaller.
In a closed weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman also commented on Apple's plans for the upcoming smartphones.
As for the Touch ID sensor, the iPhone 13 will not have it, even though Apple has tested its implementation in its new smartphones. According to the journalist, Apple is now focused on placing Face ID sensors under the screen.
According to Mark, Apple's key focus will be on improving camera performance and speeding up device performance.
Apple also announced the launch of the new technology in the next versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and iMessage. It will detect potentially child sexual abuse material (CSAM) images on user devices.