From CNBC’s “Shares of Globalstar soar 50% on rumor iPhone 13 will use satellites directly” posted Monday:
Shares of Globalstar, a satellite services provider, soared more than 50% Monday following a report that the next iPhone will have the ability to utilize satellite communications.
TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note to investors Sunday that Apple is “optimistic about the trend of satellite communications” and “will likely” include the ability to connect to extraterrestrial networks in its upcoming iPhone.
The new iPhone is expected to launch this fall. Apple has not announced any details on the device yet. The phone doesn’t have an official name, but many are referring to as the iPhone 13 for now.
Kuo said that Globalstar is most likely to partner with Apple. The company has an existing satellite phone network of 24 satellites in low Earth orbit.
“If Apple enables the relevant software functions, iPhone 13 users can call and send messages via satellite when not within 4G/5G coverage,” Kuo wrote.
My take: Good scoop, if true.
OKAY. I think I may have gotten to the bottom of this “iPhone 13 will include satellite connectivity” rumor, and it could be “iPhone Math” levels of game-of-telephone. The key: Globalstar.
— Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) August 30, 2021
For more skeptical reactions, see Rumor-blaster: The iPhone 13 is NOT a satellite phone