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Proprietary components and Qualcomm modem enable satellite feature on iPhone 14

By Cookie Monster - on 20 Sep 2022, 12:00am

Proprietary components and Qualcomm modem enable satellite feature on iPhone 14

Apple's Emergency SOS via Satellite feature is enabled by a combination of custom-designed components and Qualcomm's modem. 

iFixit's teardown of an Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max reveals a Qualcomm X65 modem chip, which was announced in February 2021. Besides offering maximum download speeds of up to 10Gbps, the X65 modem chip uses the same frequency band as that of Globalstar's satellites.

In a statement to Reuters, Apple states that the iPhone 14 models come with "custom radio frequency components, and new software designed entirely by Apple, that together enable Emergency SOS via satellite on new iPhone 14 models."

It is no surprise that the iPhone 14 have custom-designed radio frequency components. Bloomberg reported in December 2021 that Apple is developing its own wireless radios, radio-frequency integrated chips, a wireless chip, and semiconductors for connecting to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Economic Daily News reported in February this year that the iPhone 14 will come with a new 5G chip which is built on TSMC's 6nm process.

Apple plans to enable Emergency SOS via Satellite feature on the iPhone 14 models in the U.S and Canada via a software update in November. It is rumoured to roll out to more countries by the end of the year.

Source: Reuters via 9to5Mac

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