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Apple spends $450 million on emergency SOS satellite services for iPhone 14

Apple spends $450 million on emergency SOS satellite services for iPhone 14

to support Emergency SOS Feature for iPhone 14, Apple plans to spend $ 450 million to help expand satellite network infrastructure across the United States.

Most of the funding will go to Globalstar, the satellite communications provider that’s partnering with Apple to power the SOS feature. This will allow extension iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro To contact an in-orbit Globalstar satellite to contact emergency services, even when the user is off-network. All the user needs is a clear view of the sky.

To improve the satellite infrastructure, Apple is expanding ground stations across the country that can receive and send data to the Globalstar satellite network. Specifically, Apple is upgrading ground stations with new “high power antennas” from an American company called Cobham Satcom.

“These new antennas have been installed at all of Globalstar’s global ground stations, including the new ground stations in Nevada and Hawaii, as well as facilities in Texas, Alaska, Florida and Puerto Rico,” the company said.

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Apple’s announcement also mentions that upgraded Globalstar satellites are on the way. Back in September, Globalstar published a file an agreement(Opens in a new window) This shows that Apple plans to pay 95% of the funding needed to help it launch new satellites. In turn, Globalstar plans to allocate “85% of its current and future network capacity” to Apple services.

“By investing in Apple’s infrastructure, we’ve grown our teams in California and elsewhere to build, expand and upgrade our ground stations, and look forward to the next chapter in Globalstar’s life-saving technology,” added Jay Munro, CEO of Globalstar.

However, Globalstar faces some competition from SpaceX’s starlinkwhich also operates the satellite phone communications service, Including Those connected to the T-Mobile network.

Apple plans to roll out Emergency SOS to iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro users in the US and Canada later this month. However, the feature will only support sending text messages, which can take anywhere from 15 seconds to a few minutes to send each one. The same feature, which will be free for the first two years, can also be used to share an iPhone owner’s location via the Find My app.

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