Apple is secretly working on a satellite technology that could bring internet services directly to mobiles and tablets. This means there won’t be any wireless networks in between. So many companies are working on satellites to bring internet services directly to users’ mobiles.
California based iPhone manufacturing unit, Cupertino has more than 12 engineers who work in aerospace and satellite technology. These engineers are working on this project and their aim is to deliver results within 5 years time frame.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is showing great interest in this project. This project is the company’s top priority.
More Investments on Satellites to bring Internet without wireless networks
Apple is not happy with the traditional network it seems. They are investing a lot on advanced wireless technology and communication satellites. This clearly shows that they want to beam internet services directly to devices without middlemen.
Also, Apple is exploring satellites to get a precise location using advanced tracking techniques and improved map features.
Amazon has plans to deploy a minimum of 3,000 satellites to build a constellation. You can’t take away the fact that so many satellite attempts have failed in the past. This fact won’t stop tech giants like Facebook, SpaceX from deploying satellites.
Is it possible to make money out of Satellite projects?
It is a daunting task to generate revenue from a satellite. We are 100% sure that Apple is not looking to make money out of this endeavour. Explore, Learn, Excel – maybe that’s the mantra they are chanting.
“The failures of Teledesic, Iridium and Globalstar have made it difficult to create a proper plan to make these satellite communication projects successful,” said Tim Ferrar, Principal and Senior satellite expert at TMF associates.
Apple has started recruiting software and hardware engineers to equip its satellite project team. They hire experts who have experience in designing critical components present in a communication satellite.
Michael Trela and John Fenwick
Michael Trela and John Fenwick will lead this ambitious project. They are former aerospace engineers who worked with Skybox and Google. They lead Google’s aerospace and satellite projects from 2014 to 2017. After that, they started working for Apple.
Initially, both of them worked on the feasibility of satellite projects. After one and a half years, they started working on implementation. There was a major setback when Greg Duffy left apple. Duffy was Apple’s Senior VP of hardware engineering.
Apple is going to launch virtual reality headsets in 2021 for which the work is underway. Apple is working on so many projects like MicroLED screens, self-driving car technology, augmented reality, future apple watch and many more.
Also, Apple is planning to replace its mac processor which is currently supplied by Intel. Their in-house developments include processor manufacturing as well.
Currently, Tim Cook is spending $16 billion for research and development of Apple products. This amount is 14% higher than the previous year (2018). From here on, we can expect more technology from Apple which will be developed in-house.