Apple iPhone 14 series may get satellite communication capabilities.

Apple iPhone 14 series may get satellite communication capabilities.

As we get closer to Apple's Far Out Launch Event on September 7, rumours about the upcoming iPhone 14 series become more prevalent. One of the most recent updates comes from top-tier Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that the iPhone 14 series could be equipped with satellite communications capabilities now that Apple has completed hardware testing. Note that it doesn’t mean the feature will be available right away, there are a few things to consider here.

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Apple iPhone 14 series may receive satellite communications.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has completed hardware testing of satellite communications, putting upcoming iPhones ahead of the competition. It's unclear whether Apple has settled on a business model for supporting this feature, so we'll have to wait for more information.

Apple's satellite communication hardware appears to have been ready since the iPhone 13, but the company was unable to find an appropriate business model with carriers, which is why the feature was not included. Cut to the iPhone 14 series, the feature has passed the hardware testing phase and will almost certainly be included in future models. However, the situation remains the same: Apple must negotiate deals with satellite communications service providers before approving the feature.

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When the feature is activated, it will most likely only allow for emergency texting or voice services. It is also because satellite communications are available even where there are no cell towers, such as deep in the jungles. However, the technology is still expensive, so Apple will have to consider that as well.

According to the analyst, Apple may have partnered with Globalstar, a satellite operator, but the terms and conditions have yet to be finalized.

Apple is set to launch the iPhone 14 series, as well as the Apple Watch Series 8, newer iPad models, and the Apple Watch SE, among other things, at an event on September 7 at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, which will be livestreamed around the world.