Not content with the success of the iPhone, Apple could be looking at building a satellite network that can broadcast data straight to users devices. This could mean that Apple will completely bypass wireless networks with this technology. The company has recruited a number of engineers with backgrounds in aerospace, antenna design and satellite technology. The only drawback to this is that the project is in its early stages and could be abandoned or discontinued, so do take this news with a pinch of salt. Apple CEO Tim Cook has indicated that this project was a company priority.
First reported by Bloomberg, Apple is looking at more precise location tracking, along with an improved map system and a bunch of other new features that will be revealed later. We don’t exactly know if Apple is looking at manufacturing its own satellites or use their on ground technology to kickstart the project. If it does manage to manufacture its own satellites, they will be competing with other major players in the satellite manufacturing market such as Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.
Apple has been looking out for software and hardware experts for the project as well. The company has also bolstered their team with the addition of executives from the fields of aerospace and wireless data delivery systems. Led by Michael Trela and John Fenwick, the team hopes to take the project forward. The duo were responsible for Google’s satellite and spacecraft divisions but left the company in 2017.
Who knows what this new technology will bring but it does look like Apple could go ahead with this ambitious project as it expands its business into untapped markets.