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Apple iPhone 13 may allow calling, texting even without network using new technology



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  • iPhone 13 series feature a satellite connectivity option to let you call or text without a cellular network.
  • LEO satellites are the same types of satellites SpaceX is using for its Starlink internet service.
  • The company might include slightly bigger wireless charging coil in iPhone 13 lineup.

Apple iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The ‌iPhone 13‌ features a customized Qualcomm X60 baseband chip that supports satellite communications. Other smartphone brands are apparently currently waiting until 2022 to adopt the X65 baseband chip necessary to implement satellite communications functions.

The iPhone 13 could launch on September 14th according to a Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. The company is expected to allow pre-orders from September 17 and the sale could likely begin from September 24. Apple is likely to launch four different variants of iPhones under the iPhone 13 series. These will be iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Features of Apple iPhone 13

Apple iPhone 13 is expected to be powered by an A15 chipset built with the TSMC 5nm process. A TrendForce report suggests that the iPhone 13 will be 30% more efficient and over 20% smarter in comparison to Apple’s iPhone 12 series smartphones in terms of performance. The iPhone 12 series smartphones are powered by the A14 Bionic chipset which was launched last year only.

Apple iPhone 13 support fast charging speeds with the help of a 25W power adapter. At present, current iPhone models including the iPhone 12 support fast charging at up to 20W. Even if a user tries to charge iPhone 12 with a higher power adapter, the device will be not able to support charging beyond 20W capacity. The iPhone 13 Pro may also get an upgraded telephoto camera, plus some leaks suggest LiDAR could be present on all four models so you’ll have improved depth perception.

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Apple is using a customized version of the Qualcomm x60 5G modem to achieve communication over satellite. The company might charge the users to access these features and might even limit the availability of these features to select markets.

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