The iPhone 13 will not be able to make satellite calls, according to Apple.
Although this rumor began out as pure fiction, there is some truth behind it.
I enjoy a good iPhone rumor as much as the next guy, unless the next guy is Ming-Chi Kuo, in which case I am not interested. Kuo just announced a feature that seems much too sci-fi to be true, and honestly, I don’t see how it could be realistic in the actual world. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculated that the iPhone 13 may include the capacity to link to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites in order to conduct calls, but that would need a level of technology that I do not believe is now feasible.
Following Kuo’s declaration, the more trustworthy voice of Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman was heard for the first time. Gurman, who has a usually excellent reputation for rumour-making, stated that while Apple was involved in research on satellite technology, he felt it was most likely to be used exclusively in emergency situations and so would not be adopted. As a result, rather of using a complete phone or text connection to signal for aid, a very simple distress message would be used instead.
A feature like this is far more likely to be implemented than Kuo’s idea. There appears to be little doubt that Apple is substantially investing in this technology and that we will begin to see advancements in this area over the next several years as a result of this investment. For the time being, the technology would allow you to call emergency services in an emergency but would provide little more than a brief message to emergency services or possibly a family member.
The concept is sound in principle, and it aligns with Apple’s life-saving Watch, which, as countless tales over the past few years have demonstrated, may really assist those suffering from cardiac issues in seeking medical treatment. In many respects, the rumored iPhone satellite distress beacon reminds me of the Breitling watch, which has an emergency response system that can be activated by anybody, anywhere on the planet, in the event of a life-threatening disaster.
According to a Forbes article from 2015, at least 20 individuals had been rescued as a result of the Breitling, and there had never been a false activation due to the watch’s emergency alert system. As a result, Apple may face difficulties in the future. When you purchase the Breitling, you must sign a piece of paper acknowledging that you will be responsible for the expense of a rescue if it is not a real emergency situation. Being drunk and calling for a ride home has serious repercussions, as you can see in the video above.
Is it possible that the iPhone will someday become a satellite phone? Who knows, but that appears to be the general direction in which the journey will take place. Elon Musk is launching hundreds of data-gathering satellites into space; if the problem of antenna size can be addressed, the iPhone will be able to connect to any number of networks. If you want to see what a comparable gadget looks like and is capable of basic emergency signaling to satellites, Garmin’s InReach gives that capability in a device that isn’t very large, but does rely on an additional antenna to achieve that functionality.