Apple Allegedly Dealing with Satellite Innovation for Direct Remote iPhone Information Transmission
Trying to be a part of the standard networks or having a proprietary network of your own is a constant tradeoff. Apple, a company that has always been at the forefront of segregation and breaking norms, has been planning on something of its own this time. It is a lot more complex than changing to a custom port for charging. This time it is wireless transmission.
A Segregated Network of Satellites
What if your iPhone could work on a secure network of satellites for wireless data transmission? Today, satellites are only used for transmitting data to government agencies but with private companies being allowed licenses, the scenario might change soon. Apple is said to be working on a satellite technology with a bunch of aerospace engineers to design a new antenna and Apple satellite system of its own.
Since it is an early-stage project, nothing much is known as of now. The purpose is to develop a communication satellite technology that can send and receive data directly to user’s devices. This means, no dependency on cell towers in your proximity and you’re connected via satellite links. It is similar to the era where satellite phones were a trend for people working in drastic areas and climates around the globe where there is no cell phone network or reception. Information transmission is one of the major goals in the upcoming years, and satellite innovation is paving the way towards a brighter future and, not to mention the billions of revenue from this.
Without the Need for Third-Party
In an effort to become independent and separate from a third-party intervention, Apple is pushing this secret project to see its viability. It will be able to send data to an iPhone and other connected Apple devices without the need for a third-party network. This is huge!
Some sources claim that Apple may not build its own satellite arrays but rather the transmission systems and ground-based equipment of its own. This could make use of orbital satellites for data transmission. The tech is supposed to be used for delivery of data directly to Apple devices, or just connect them to each other independent of any cell tower or network connection of a cell phone carrier’s data network. An Apple satellite system might be working completely in autonomy and segregation with the other networks, therefore, allowing secure end-to-end connections from anywhere across the world.
It is known that Apple has hired engineers and executives from the aerospace and satellite industry, including one of Skybox Imaging alumni Michael Trela and John Fenwick. They are currently leading the team. Formerly the head of Google’s satellite and spacecraft division, they will now propel the same tech for Apple and its customers.
In essence, Apple satellite is a step towards making the company independent of its communication networks and allowing its users to operate in a closed environment outside of any interference. This concept is not unheard of and has been implemented by govt. agencies for decades now. Also, Ubiquitilink, now Lynk, is a company that has recently focused on building a new low-orbit satellite system of its own too.