Within 5 years, Apple will be able to send data directly from the Earth atmosphere to your iPhone. That seems to be the goal at least, according to a recent Bloomberg article.
It is said that the company is hiring software, hardware, and aerospace engineers to find new data transfer methods for the iPhone and its other consumer product fleet.
Bloomberg first reported in 2017 that Apple was involved in the satellite market, having reportedly had talks with Boeing about a low-earth satellite effort to expand internet access for developing nations.
Once we hit the next decade, it seems that the early satellite explorations have now reached a point of gravity and Apple has given the go-ahead to put a full team on the job.
The way the state of affairs is described in today’s published story by Bloomberg is that Apple is interested in the market, but still has no clear path forward. The company is supposed to have set internal expectations in such a way that meaningful community results are about five years away. Bloomberg states that “work on the project is still early and could be abandoned” but satellites were seen by Tim Cook as a priority for the company.
Possible results could include reducing the need for carrier relationships if Apple could directly beam information using a sky satellite fleet. It may also have applications for initiatives on the Apple Maps.