iPhone 13 had satellite features, but Apple lacked a business partner

Rumors of Apple adding satellite communication support to the iPhone 14 have been bolstered by Ming-Chi Kuo’s claim Apple had completed hardware development for the feature in the iPhone 13.

The partnership between SpaceX and T-mobile to bring satellite internet to cellphones rejuvenated rumors that Apple would offer something similar for the iPhone. According to well-connected TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s already worked on the technology to enable it.In a Medium post by Kuo about the iPhone 14 satellite communication support rumors, Kuo claims to have learned that Apple “had already completed the hardware development of satellite communication in the iPhone 13.” This does seem to track with rumors that the iPhone 12 and later models could use the communications technology.

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