Apple has introduced a new radio chip and a new satellite modem in the new iPhones


 Based on an iFixit study of the phone and an Apple statement, the iPhone 14 models made by Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) include a Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM.O) chip that can communicate with satellites along with other specially built Apple components utilized in the phone’s most notable new feature.

Apple unveiled its iPhone 14 series. When there is no WiFi or cellular data connection, one of the significant new capabilities allows users to send emergency messages by connecting to satellites.

The emergency message service, which Apple expects to activate with a software update arriving in November, is made feasible by new hardware found in the iPhone 14 models, according to a statement made by Apple earlier this month. Regarding the gear tailored to satellites, Apple withheld information.

An iPhone 14 Pro Max model was disassembled by iFixit, a San Luis Obispo, California-based company that tests the reparability of consumer devices such as iPhones. The dismantling revealed a Qualcomm X65 modem chip.

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The Qualcomm chip may use band n53, the frequency band used by Globalstar satellites, in addition to providing a 5G connection for cellular networks (GSAT.A).

Apple will use up to eighty five percent of Globalstar’s satellite network capacity to allow its new emergency message capability, according to an agreement that Globalstar revealed earlier this month.

In a statement to Reuters, Apple said that the iPhone 14 has additional proprietary hardware and software for the new texting capability.

According to a statement from Apple, the new iPhone 14 models are equipped with “iPhone 14 features: special radio frequency components and new software built completely by Apple,” which together enable Emergency SOS via satellite.

An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by Qualcomm.

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