A new report by Bloomberg notes that Apple has around a dozen “engineers from the aerospace, satellite and antenna design industries” working on a top-secret (not so much anymore) that can utilize the power of satellites to beam data directly to devices.
The team’s end goal according to the report is to remove the dependence that users have on carriers for data via traditional networking and instead routing through sattlties for direct connection.
According to Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook has made this project a topic company priority with Apple ramping up hires and investment for this technology.
In practice, this would result in higher speeds given there is a direct link between the data and the device, but also could mean Apple is looking into even more precise location tracking.
On a day to day level, users will see faster speeds, but also increased coverage. Although the report doesn’t go into detail, Apple could possibly reach out to major US and international carriers to rollout this technology into its own system, with Apple being the main contractor.
You may be asking, does this affect 5G? We currently don’t know, the report does suggest Apple is looking for a 3-5 year timespan before anything gets released if it does. That is long after (or at least we hope) when Apple will implement 5G into its iPhone lineup, with recent reporting almost confirming it will appear in the 2020 lineup.