According to Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 has tested satellite connectivity prior to mass production. Kuo said in his blog post that Apple has hardware support for satellite communication, but whether the iPhone 14 will support satellite communications depends on "whether Apple and operators can reach an agreement on a business model."
Kuo claims that when the iPhone will launch satellite communication services, it is "tough to predict," but it is expected to happen "eventually."
iPhones will be able to connect directly to the satellites, initially via MMS and SMS text messages, followed by voice and small amounts of data, anywhere in the world.
Apple is believed to be collaborating with Goldstar, and Kup claims that Goldstar is the operator Apple is most likely to partner with.
SpaceX and T-Mobile announced that they would begin a beta of the service in 2023, which would most likely be without an iPhone 14.
The companies will create a new network that will be broadcast from Starlink satellites across the country, using T-Mobile's mid-band spectrum. This true satellite-to-cellular service will provide almost complete coverage anywhere a customer can see the sky.
T-Mobile intends to provide text coverage everywhere in the continental United States, Hawaii, parts of Alaska, Puerto Rico, and territorial waters, even outside the signal of the network. Following the launch of SpaceX's satellites, the company will conduct a beta in several areas starting next year.