iPhone 14 satellite connectivity enabled by Qualcomm modem and custom Apple-designed RF components - WORDROM.COM

iPhone 14 satellite connectivity enabled by Qualcomm modem and custom Apple-designed RF components

iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max include a new Emergency SOS feature via satellite connectivity, so users can get help even when they are out of mobile and Wi-Fi range. This feature will first launch in the US and Canada, starting in November.

A Reuters report over the weekend said satellite functionality is enabled by a Qualcomm X65 modem inside the phones. A statement from Apple to Reuters also said that custom radio frequency components and software designed by Apple also make satellite function possible.

The Qualcomm X65 modem enables 5G mobile connectivity for phone calls and data, as well as the “n53 band” which allows the iPhone to communicate with satellites in the sky. Specifically, Apple has partnered with a satellite infrastructure managed by Globalstar.

Satellite emergency SOS will be available when the user makes an emergency SOS call, but fails to connect to a mobile tower. In this case, the phone will present the option to connect to the satellite and send a short text message instead. Users will need a clear view of the sky for the feature to work; iOS will ask the user to point their device to line up with the satellites above.

If local emergency services can use text channels, iPhone will transmit those messages directly over the satellite link. Otherwise, Apple Relay Centers will receive the SOS message and call emergency services on your behalf.

This service will be free for two years, starting in November. Apple did not disclose pricing plans for the satellite service after this free period ended. Country availability is initially limited to the United States and Canada.

It’s an open secret that Apple’s chip teams are currently working on an internal 5G modem with the goal of eliminating Qualcomm parts entirely from the iPhone, with primary goals of power efficiency (longer battery life of battery) and reduced royalty payments to improve unit cost. margins of each iPhone sold.

However, making a modem is incredibly complicated, and many analysts remain skeptical of Apple’s success. Apple hopes to replicate the success of its custom silicon investments for A-series and M-series SoCs. The rumor mill consensus currently expects Apple’s first modem to be ready for prime time in 2024.


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