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Reports on Apple’s plans: New iPhone with satellite telephony?

As of: 08/30/2021 9:54 AM

The next generation iPhone is expected to be presented in September. According to media reports, Apple wants to equip its new smartphone with a chip for satellite telephony.

Written by Marcus Schuller, ARD Studio Los Angeles

The new phone, which Apple is supposed to introduce on September 14, is said to have a special modem that connects to the LEO near-Earth satellite system. According to media reports, this makes it possible to make calls and send messages even without a 4G or 5G network.

The device appears to be equipped with a modified Qualcomm chip, the X60. However, in order for the phone to be able to use satellites outside the terrestrial receiving area, the mobile communications provider in question will probably have to enter into a contract with the operator of the LEO system.

Special team in the group

According to analysts’ note, Apple started building its own team for satellite communications some time ago, as the costs of low-end systems have fallen dramatically in recent years.

It seems that Apple wants to equip its new iPhone 13 with a satellite chip

Marcus Schuller, ARD Los Angeles, 8/30/2021 8:23 a.m.

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