California’s SAN LUIS OBISPO – According to an inspection of the phone by iFixit and an Apple statement, the iPhone 14 models made by Apple Inc. include a Qualcomm Inc. chip that can communicate with satellites, but also other specially built Apple components utilised in the phone’s most innovative feature.
On Friday, 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.
On Friday, an iPhone 14 Pro Max model was disassembled by iFixit, a San Luis Obispo, California-based company that tests the repairability of consumer devices such as iPhones. The dismantling revealed a Qualcomm X65 modem chip.
The Qualcomm chip provides 5G connectivity for cellular networks but is also capable of using what is called band n53, the frequency band used by satellites from Globalstar.
Globalstar earlier this month announced a deal in which Apple will take up to 85% of Globalstar’s satellite network capacity to enable Apple’s new emergency messaging feature.
Apple said that the iPhone 14 has additional proprietary hardware and software for the new texting capability in a statement to Reuters on Saturday.
According to a statement from Apple, the new iPhone 14 models are equipped with “iPhone 14 features special radio frequency components, with new software built completely by Apple,” which combined enable Emergency SOS via satellite.