Apple is gearing up to launch newer generation iPhones this month. The upcoming iPhone series is tipped to consist of four models including — the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The upcoming iPhones are expected to offer some unique features and one of them is the satellite connectivity support. Also Read - iPhone 13 series pre-orders starting today: Check price, offers and more
Last week, a report revealed that the upcoming iPhone 13 series will come with satellite communication feature. Providing more details on the upcoming feature, a new report coming from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that the satellite communication support will be available only for select market. The report doesn’t state whether India is a part of the list of eligible markets or not. Also Read - iPhone SE 256GB variant has been discontinued
iPhone 13 to feature satellite communication feature
In line with past leaks, the new report suggests that the satellite communication feature will not be available until the first half of next year. It is said that the upcoming iPhone models will come with hardware support for satellite feature, but users will be able to use it only next year. The specific timeline for the rollout of satellite communication feature hasn’t been revealed yet. Also Read - Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale to begin soon: Up to 80 percent discount on electronics
The new report also clarifies that the feature will not allow users to use the iPhone 13 series as a satellite phone. In simple words, the feature will not provide users with the ability to make calls from anywhere in the world without cellular coverage. Instead, it will allow users transmit short emergency texts and send SOS distress signals in emergency situations such as plane crashes or any other. Notably, the feature will work only in areas without any cellular coverage.
“That’s not happening now, next year or anytime in the near future. Launching such a feature would require hardware not ready for prime time, would be expensive and could cause a revolt from the phone carriers that Apple relies on,” Gurman stated.