Emergency satellite on iPhone will cost Apple 450 million

Emergency satellite on iPhone will cost Apple $450 million – service launches this month

Apple specified, which will spend $450 million on a new iPhone feature that can send emergency text messages via satellite. A significant portion of this amount will be used for the services of Globalstar, whose satellites participate in the program.

    Image source: apple.com

Image source: apple.com

Apple does not participate in the company, but undertakes to pay for communication services and equipment – ground stations will be equipped with a new type of antenna developed by Apple specialists. Announced earlier this year, the iPhone 14 allows you to send messages to emergency services even beyond the range of a cellular network – smartphones can connect to Globalstar satellites in low-Earth orbit. The feature will be available later this month with the next iOS update.

Connection to the satellite network is free for two years, but after this period Apple can start charging users money. The service does not work in automatic mode – emergency signals are received by the Globalstar call center with 300 employees. Apple’s collaboration with a US satellite provider also underscores the company’s commitment to local suppliers.

Globalstar is paid from the Apple Advanced Manufacturing Fund, set up to support local partners. The fund was founded in 2017, from which, among other things, 450 million US dollars have been paid to the manufacturer of screen coatings Corning and 350 million US dollars have flowed into the equipment of the Finisar laser component plant necessary for the operation of the FaceID scanner.

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