Apple and Globalstar Rumored to Announce Satellite tv for pc Connectivity Function for iPhone 14 at September 7 Occasion

Apple could announce its long-rumored satellite tv for pc connectivity function for the iPhone 14 subsequent month, in line with Tim Farrar, a satellite tv for pc communications advisor at California-based analysis agency Telecom, Media and Finance Associates.

In a collection of tweets, Farrar mentioned T-Cell’s and SpaceX’s satellite tv for pc connectivity announcement yesterday was probably meant to pre-empt Apple’s announcement of its personal satellite tv for pc connectivity function for the iPhone in partnership with Globalstar. Apple is holding a media occasion at Steve Jobs Theater on September 7, and the occasion’s “Far Out” tagline and starry sky paintings have fueled hypothesis a few satellite tv for pc connectivity announcement.

In February, Globalstar introduced that it acquired 17 new satellites to supply “steady satellite tv for pc companies” to a “potential buyer,” which may be Apple.

Farrar mentioned Apple’s service will likely be supplied freed from cost for two-way textual content messaging solely at launch and can use current satellite tv for pc spectrum, with no rule modifications from the FCC required. By comparability, T-Cell and SpaceX plan to leverage T-Cell’s mid-band 5G spectrum and assist SMS textual content messages, MMS, and choose messaging apps, however Farrar believes this extra formidable method will face regulatory hurdles all over the world.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman first reported that Apple was engaged on satellite tv for pc connectivity for iPhones in December 2019. Earlier this yr, Gurman mentioned Apple was nonetheless engaged on the function and mentioned it may very well be prepared for the iPhone 14 later this yr. Gurman claimed the function could be meant to be used in emergency conditions, permitting iPhone customers to report emergencies to authorities and ship brief textual content messages to emergency contacts, and he added that the performance is also out there on a brand new Apple Watch.

iPhones would want a particular modem chip to connect with satellites, in line with Gurman, suggesting the function may be appropriate with the iPhone 14 and newer solely. By comparability, T-Cell mentioned the “overwhelming majority of smartphones” already on its community would be capable to connect with SpaceX’s satellites with their current mobile chips.

Extra particulars about Apple’s rumored satellite tv for pc connectivity function, resembling whether or not the function will likely be restricted to the U.S. or out there globally, stay unknown. Apple’s media occasion begins on September 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and MacRumors can have complete protection of all the things introduced, so make sure to comply with alongside then.

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