Elon Musk Hints at Potential Apple–Spacex Partnership for iPhone 14 Satellite Feature

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September 10, 2022 Updated: September 10, 2022

Tesla Inc. and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he’s had some “promising conversations” with Apple Inc. over Starlink connectivity.

The billionaire entrepreneur said on Twitter Thursday that the iPhone team is obviously “super smart.”

“For sure, closing link from space to phone will work best if phone software & hardware adapt to space-based signals vs Starlink purely emulating cell tower,” said Musk.

Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 at a recent event. The new lineup features Emergency SOS via Satellite powered by Globalstar Inc.

Apple Event in Cupertino
Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Kaiann Drance talks about the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus for a special event at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 7, 2022, in a still image from video. (Apple Inc./Handout via Reuters)

Late last month, Musk’s SpaceX announced a collaboration with T-Mobile US Inc. on bringing satellite-based connectivity to T-Mobile’s users next year.

At the event, Musk said that SpaceX’s Starlink’s second-generation satellites would be able to “broadcast direct to cell phones.”

By Shivdeep Dhaliwal

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