Elon Musk stated on Thursday that his company SpaceX and Apple Inc. had positive discussions over employing Starlink satellite services to support the new emergency SOS feature in the iPhone 14.
The function that enables users to send emergency messages from remote regions is powered by Globalstar Inc, which Apple announced as its partner at the unveiling of the iPhone 14 on Wednesday.
“We’ve had some promising conversations with Apple about Starlink connectivity,” Musk tweeted.
“For sure, closing link from space to phone will work best if phone software and hardware adapt to space-based signals vs Starlink purely emulating cell tower,” he added.
The service, which is presently offered in the US and Canada, would be supported by satellite infrastructure, Apple said, for which it has also set aside $450 million from its advanced manufacturing fund.
According to US cellular provider T-Mobile US Inc., Starlink satellites will be used to give mobile users network access in some areas of the country, enabling users to connect mobile phones directly to satellites in orbit.
(source : Reuters)