Rumors are flying that the next iPhone might have satellite communications, and there’s a lot to be said for pinging signals from the sky.
The iPhone 13 will be able to make emergency satellite calls and send messages in areas without cellular coverage, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. The iPhone would join the rapidly growing field of personal satellite communications.
“Reliability and coverage are satellite communication’s biggest advantages over terrestrial networks like cellular,” James Kubik, CEO of Somewear Labs, which sells a satellite hotspot, told Lifewire in an email interview. “While terrestrial networks are well suited for everyday use in urban environments, they are vulnerable to forces of nature—hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters—and extremely limited in remote environments.”