The iPhone 12 introduced 5G connectivity to Apple's iPhone lineup, and users have responded positively by expressing a strong desire for the technology. While Apple's upcoming iPhone will undoubtedly have 5G with enhanced capabilities, the iPhone 13 may also include a new cellular radio technology. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a famous analyst, the iPhone 13 may have a low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communication capability, which allows users to make calls and send SMS in areas where network signals are poor.
It basically enables the device to create a satellite-based connection even when it is outside the range of a regular 4G or 5G network. Bloomberg was the first to disclose in 2019 that Apple may employ the LEO satellite connection mode on the iPhone for rapid data transfer, but this is the first time we've heard about the functionality since then. Apple may use LEO technology in the rumoured AR headset, Apple Car, and other Internet of Things devices in addition to the iPhone 13.
The Qualcomm X60 baseband modem processor, which will allow communication through satellite through some type of customization, will make the LEO satellite communication capability conceivable. Although LEO mode will allow for the exchange of calls and messages, it is unclear whether these two functions will operate with Apple services such as iMessage and FaceTime, or whether Apple would utilize proxy satellite connections to normal network towers to beam information to any device. Since this seems like a feature meant for emergencies, the latter makes more sense. There is also no information about whether Apple will charge its users for this service.