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New iPhones have Qualcomm satellite modem, new Apple radio chips

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., September 17 (Reuters) – iPhone 14 models from Apple Inc (AAPL.O) contain a Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) chip that can communicate with satellites, but have additional Apple components custom-designs used in the phone’s biggest new feature, according to an analysis of the phone by iFixit and a statement from Apple.

Apple released its iPhone 14 line on Friday. One of the major new features is the ability to connect to satellites to send emergency messages when there is no Wi-Fi or data connection. cellular.

Apple said earlier this month that the iPhone 14 models contain new hardware that makes Emergency Messaging possible, which Apple plans to enable with an upcoming software update in November. Apple didn’t give specific hardware details for the satellite.

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iFixit, a San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based company that disassembles iPhones and other consumer electronics to gauge how easily they can be repaired, disassembled a model iPhone 14 Pro Max on Friday, revealing a chip from Qualcomm X65 modem.

The Qualcomm chip provides 5G connectivity for cellular networks but is also capable of using what is known as the n53 band, the frequency band used by Globalstar (GSAT.A) satellites.

Globalstar announced an agreement earlier this month in which Apple will take up to 85% of Globalstar’s satellite network capacity to enable Apple’s new emergency messaging feature.

In a statement to Reuters on Saturday, Apple said there is additional proprietary hardware and software in the iPhone 14 for the new messaging feature.

“iPhone 14 includes custom radio frequency components and new software built entirely by Apple, which together enable emergency SOS via satellite on new iPhone 14 models,” Apple said in a statement.

Qualcomm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Editing by Leslie Adler

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