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Elon Musk reportedly spoke with Apple about connecting Starlink to iPhone 14

Satellite connectivity is a new feature on the iPhone 14, and Elon Musk has reportedly spoken to Apple to offer help from Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite constellation.

One of the big new features of the iPhone 14, which was announced on September 7th, is satellite connectivity. This feature is currently not available in France, but it allows you to contact emergency services in the event of a lack of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage. The iPhone can connect to satellite to send emergency messages. This may take from fifteen seconds to several minutes if the sky is not clear.

iPhone 14 – Credit: Apple

For this satellite link, Apple has signed a partnership with Globalstar, the US company that operates the constellation of satellites. This allows Apple to use Globalstar’s low-orbit satellites for the “Satellite SOS Emergency Call” feature. SpaceX could also partner with Apple through the Starlink constellation, Elon Musk said.

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SpaceX had ‘promising conversations with Apple’

If Apple plans to expand its satellite communications capabilities to other parts of the world, Globalstar satellites will probably not be enough. The company has 85 in low orbit. By comparison, Starlink has a little over 3,000 of them. Therefore, Elon Musk would have already discussed this with Apple. The American billionaire explained on Twitter: “We had promising conversations with Apple about the Starlink connection. The iPhone team is obviously very smart.”

If the iPhone 14 could connect to Starlink satellites to send emergency messages, there is no doubt that this feature will be available in more countries. The iPhone 14 is also being sold in Russia without Apple’s approval. Elon Musk then explained that “communication between space and the phone will work better if the software and hardware of the phone adapts to space signals, and not if Starlink emulates a cell tower.”

The SpaceX CEO has not provided further details at this time. Apple also made no mention of being able to connect to Starlink. Meanwhile, SpaceX is equipping early cruise ships with Starlink antennas so they can have high-speed internet connections.

Source: Mashable

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