Elon Musk teases talks with Apple over iPhone 14 Satellite feature

With the iPhone 14, Apple unveiled its Satellite feature, which will send emergency messages to off-grid areas (without a Wi-Fi or cellular connection). For this, it should a priori use satellites Globalstar.

Of course, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, jumped at the chance to indulge in a little teasing on Twitter, an exercise he masters very well. He revealed that his company had promising conversations with Apple about Starlink connectivity, without specifying the nature and outcome of these exchanges. Very sympathetically, he takes the opportunity to specify that the iPhone team is super smart. But for him, the space for iPhone communications will work better if the software and hardware go through Starlink.

On his side, Cupertino made no mention of any discussions with SpaceX about Starlink. In practice, SpaceX announced this summer a partnership for a new service in association with T Mobilewhich will allow (provided you have subscribed to T-Mobile) to go through Starlink satellites – second generation placed in low Earth orbit – to pass emergency communications. For the moment, this service only concerns certain zones of the United States and would be launched at the end of 2023.

Unlike Apple’s satellite feature which requires an iPhone 14, T-Mobile and SpaceX’s solution should work with all existing smartphones. As a reminder, Apple’s Satellite feature can be used whenever the user is out of Wi-Fi range or offline. She will also be restricted to sending a short, emergency text message. It will allow the emergency services to locate the victim in real time. This feature will be launched next November (2 years will be offered, you will probably have to get your hands on the wallet afterwards) and for the moment, only in the US and Canada.

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