Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple has assembled a dedicated communications research team to work on new ways to transfer data such as Internet connections directly from satellite to user devices. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, currently has about a half of engineers from the aerospace, satellite and antenna design industries working on the project, with the goal of developing the technology to a level of availability within five years, people familiar with the matter said.
People familiar with the matter said the project is still in its early stages and could be abandoned in the future if it doesn’t go well, not to mention that the satellite’s exact direction and use have not yet been finalized.
The main purpose of Apple’s program is to transfer data to users’ devices, reducing reliance on wireless carriers or linking user devices and digital networks without traditional networks. Apple may also use the technology to explore satellites for more accurate location tracking of its devices, improving map location and exploring more new features.
Apple is also continuing to expand the team, hoping the initiative will bear fruit within five years.