Apple might announce its long-rumored satellite tv for pc connectivity function for the iPhone 14 subsequent month, in response to Tim Farrar, a satellite tv for pc communications marketing consultant at California-based analysis agency Telecom, Media and Finance Associates.
In a collection of tweets, Farrar mentioned T-Cellular’s and SpaceX’s satellite tv for pc connectivity announcement yesterday was doubtless supposed 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 art work have fueled hypothesis a few satellite tv for pc connectivity announcement.
In February, Globalstar introduced that it acquired 17 new satellites to offer “steady satellite tv for pc providers” to a “potential buyer,” which is perhaps Apple.
Farrar mentioned Apple’s service might 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-Cellular and SpaceX plan to leverage T-Cellular’s mid-band 5G spectrum and assist SMS textual content messages, MMS, and choose messaging apps, however Farrar believes this extra bold method will face regulatory hurdles world wide.
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 could possibly be prepared for the iPhone 14 later this yr. Gurman claimed the function can be supposed to be used in emergency conditions, permitting iPhone customers to report emergencies to authorities and ship quick textual content messages to emergency contacts, and he added that the performance may be out there on a brand new Apple Watch.
iPhones would want a particular modem chip to hook up with satellites, in response to Gurman, suggesting the function is perhaps suitable with the iPhone 14 and newer solely. By comparability, T-Cellular mentioned the “overwhelming majority of smartphones” already on its community would be capable of hook up with SpaceX’s satellites with their current mobile chips.
Further particulars about Apple’s rumored satellite tv for pc connectivity function, corresponding to whether or not the function might 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 the whole lot introduced, so you should definitely comply with alongside then.