Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple may add satellite communication to iPhone

After iPhone 13 shipped with hardware support for satellite communications, but without service being offered, iPhone 14 will offer satellite communication service if Apple and operators can finally settle on the business model, according to uber-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro design according to multiple leaks (Image: CONCEPTSIPHONE)
Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro design according to multiple leaks (Image: CONCEPTSIPHONE)

Ming-Chi Kuo via Medium:

The increasing frequency of natural disasters and geopolitical conflicts in recent years will likely make emergency texting/voice services via satellite communication a must-have smartphone feature.

Satellite communication is one of iPhone 14’s test items before mass production, and Apple had completed hardware tests for this feature. iPhone 14’s satellite communication mainly provides emergency texting/voice services.

Whether iPhone 14 will offer satellite communication service depends on whether Apple and operators can settle the business model.

I learned that Apple had already completed the hardware development of satellite communication in the iPhone 13. The lack of support is because the business model had not been negotiated.

Hard to predict precisely when the iPhone will offer satellite communication service, but I believe it will happen eventually.

The operator most likely to partner with Apple for satellite communication is Globalstar.

MacDailyNews Take: The drumbeat grows louder. On Friday, Tim Farrar, a satellite communications consultant at California-based research firm Telecom, Media and Finance Associates, wrote that he believes that Apple is likely announce its long-expected satellite connectivity feature for the iPhones at its “Far out” September 7th special event.

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1 Comment

  1. If the way maps works is any indication, Apple couldn’t give less of a fuck about you if you don’t have cell signal. Using a map? oh, too bad, it’s gone. Listen to music? nope, can’t do that, no signal.

    You’ll forgive me if I’m skeptical that apple will care what happens to you if you have no signal.

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