The report quotes PCMag’s analyst Sascha Segan saying that having the new Qualcomm and Globalstar custom chip does not mean that the iPhone 13 would get to communicate with satellites even if it may improve the 5G connection of the device due to the availability of additional satellite bands.
“Qualcomm’s x65 modem supports b53/n53 but the x60 does not. However, the Qualcomm modem in the iPhones may be an … erm, x60-and-a-half. In other words, it could be an x60 + b53/n53. This DOES NOT IMPLY TALKING TO SATELLITES. It’s a ground based band G’star wants to enhance LTE”, said Segan in a Twitter post.
Qualcomm’s x65 modem supports b53/n53 but the x60 does not. However, the Qualcomm modem in the iPhones may be an ..… https://t.co/o48vBJo5bi
— Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) 1630287721000
The report also shared the views of cybersecurity expert Robert Graham who says that since the iPhone 13 models are going to use the downlink satellite communication channel which occupies the 2.4835 GHz to 2.4950 GHz band, it wouldn’t support the phone-to-satellite communication as it is only approved for terrestrial use and most countries do not use that band for the Wi-Fi.
Finance expert Anpanman also reportedly weighed in by noting that current telecom companies aren’t likely to let “someone else eat off their plate”.
Noted tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that the iPhone 13 series would have a custom Qualcomm chip with the help of which users can rely on “low earth satellite communications” which led to the dispute.