Authoritative analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this week that iPhone 13 users will be able to make calls and send / receive messages via LEO satellites without cellular networks. Later, Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman talked more about this feature and its implementation. Now he said that support for the function of sending emergency messages via satellite communication will be available to iPhone 13 owners only in some regions.
“The emergency call function will only work in areas without cellular coverage and only in certain markets. Apple plans to roll out its own satellite network to transfer data to devices, but this plan is likely to take years. “, – cites the source of the words of Mark Gurman.
The report also notes that Apple will not allow iPhone users to make calls without cellular coverage. “Some have asked me if the new features mean that the iPhone can be used as a satellite phone and be able to make calls anywhere in the world without cellular coverage. The answer to this question is no. This will not happen now, nor next year, nor in the near future “, – said the analyst at Bloomberg.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is currently working on a feature that allows you to send short messages for emergency calls and distress calls in crisis situations when there is no cellular connection. Apparently, Apple is integrating satellite-based emergency messaging into the Messages app. To connect to the satellite, the user will need to be in an open area, and the time to receive the signal can take up to one minute.
Apple is expected to officially unveil the iPhone 13 this month. Whether support for sending messages using satellite communications will be implemented in the company’s new smartphones at the time of their launch is still unknown.