The September calendar usually includes a presentation from Apple, in which the new models of the iPhone line play a major role. Still without an official date for this year’s event, there is news about the new features of the upcoming iPhone. to what Bloomberg Find out, the company wants to introduce satellite tools into the new equipment, in order to communicate in emergency situations.
Information obtained by the agency indicates that Apple is developing at least two advantages in this area, including the use of satellite networks. The idea is that even when no mobile network is available, the user can communicate via text messages or be able to speak to emergency services.
In 2019, Bloomberg already reported that Apple had been exploring this type of concept for at least two years. But since then, the company has not mentioned this type of functionality. In the usual anticipation associated with Apple’s fall presentation, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most famous when it comes to revealing news about technology, has given a boost to speculation about satellite communications on the iPhone. According to this analyst, there is a possibility that the brand’s next phone will also run on spectrum maintained by Globalstar – the same satellite communications company that works with Starlink, one of Elon Musk’s projects. News of a possible link to Apple sent Globalstar shares up 65% on Monday to $2.35.
To work in this spectrum, the phone will need a different component. According to Bloomberg, it is unlikely that emergency tools will be ready for the upcoming iPhone, which will succeed the iPhone 12. At best, according to agency sources, these features will only be ready next year. .
As always, this information about Apple’s upcoming plans may be subject to change. Bloomberg reports that the satellite texting tool can be integrated into the messaging app, in a kind of third protocol between an SMS and an iMessage.
The second tool will target major emergencies, such as aircraft disasters or ship accidents. The idea, in this case, is that it will be possible to give information to third parties about the state of the crisis: it will be the phone itself that will ask about the type of emergency.
As with some Apple services, these connections, if launched, will depend on satellite availability and local laws.
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