Apple to launch satellites in 5 years, can we call them iSatellites?

Apple reportedly set to launch satellites to send data directly to its devices, bypasses carriers.

Published Fri, Dec 20 2019 9:33 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:45 AM CST

Apple is reportedly looking into launching its own satellites in an effort that would totally bypass wireless carriers here on Earth, according to the latest rumors.

Apple to launch satellites in 5 years, can we call them iSatellites? |

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has its own "secret team working on satellites and related wireless technology, striving to find new ways to beam data such as internet connectivity directly to its devices". This team has just over 10 people working on it so far, with Apple wanting to see their results "within five years".

Apple's satellite plans might fall out of the sky before they're even launched, with Bloomberg adding that Apple CEO Tim Cook is interested in the satellite project... but it could be scrapped as "a clear direction and use for satellites hasn't been finalized". I can see Apple blasting next-gen 5G and other data directly to its devices, bypassing wireless carriers -- but it's a lot easier saying that, than actually doing it -- and doing it to Apple's very high standards.

If you thought Antenna-gate was bad, imagine Satellite-gate.

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