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Apple iPhone 14 satellite connectivity in India impossible? Check the shocking answer

Apple announced the satellite connectivity feature in its iPhone 14 series. Many have said it will be tough, if not impossible, to implement in India. Well, iPhone 14 satellite connectivity in India might not be as difficult as previously imagined.

| Updated on: Sep 14 2022, 11:23 IST
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1/5 The iPhone 14 features a 6.1-inch Super XDR OLED display with Ceramic Shield Protection. The iPhone 14 gets the same but smaller notch design and form factor as last year’s iPhone 13. (Apple)
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2/5 The iPhone 14 is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset which powered last year’s iPhone 13. Although Apple has claimed that this year’s A15 Bionic is an improved version of last year’s chipset. The A15 Bionic, although an year old, is still the fastest chipset in the market yet, making iPhone 14 still an amazing smartphone. It houses a 5 core GPU and a 6 core CPU. (Apple)
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3/5 Phone 14 gets the same 12MP main camera with a larger sensor with f/1.5 aperture lens and sensor shift stability. Apple claims an improvement of 49 percent in low light photography. and the 12MP ultra-wide camera. The front camera also uses the 12MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture. (Apple)
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4/5 iPhone 14 also has a new gyroscope sensor that can detect impacts of up to 256G. Apple also brings support for satellite connectivity on the iPhone 14, called Emergency SOS via satellite. Users can now use the Find My app to share their location with contacts. The service will be available from November 2022 and will be free for use for two years. (Apple)
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5/5 The price of the iPhone 14 starts at $799 for the 128GB variant. There is a 256GB variant which is priced at $899. If you want to go even bigger, the iPhone 14 also has a 512GB variant which is priced at $999. It is available in 5 colours - Midnight, Starlight, Blue, Purple, and Product Red. (Apple)
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Apple iPhone 14 may be able to easily expand its satellite connectivity feature in India. (Apple)

Even before the iPhone 14 was officially announced by Apple, one of its leaked features started multiple heated discussions in India. The feature was satellite connectivity and the fear that was expressed was that it might never see the light of day in India. The fear was not unfounded. According to the guidelines by the Department of Telecommunications, there were multiple layers of permissions and approvals required for the service to be allowed for just one person. With a mass product like the iPhone 14, it would have been nearly impossible to fulfill all the compliance metrics. But this was the opinion before the iPhone 14 was launched. The answer to that query will shock and awe you.

After a better understanding of the feature, it seems it might not be that difficult for Apple to expand this feature to India, after all. The reason behind the change of opinion was because of how Apple introduced this feature. During the Far Out event, Apple called it an ‘emergency feature' which lets users send a text message to either emergency services or contacts if there is no mobile network around. The wording is interesting because it clarifies two things. First, Apple looks at it as an emergency feature and second, it will be limited to text messages only. And this changes things.

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iPhone 14 satellite connectivity might come to India

“What Apple has introduced is a kind of alert or messaging service, and not mobile voice service. The kind of antenna these phones (commercial) have (small) does not support voice services over satellite which is 600 kilometers away,” Shivaji Chatterjee, SVP and Business Head of the Enterprise Business Unit at Hughes Communications India, told The Hindu. Hughes is a USA-based satellite internet service provider. The company operates in India and launched India's first commercial satellite broadband service in collaboration with ISRO, yesterday.

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By eliminating the possibility of using this service for phone calls or recreational activities, the use case becomes very small and thus, it might get approved by the Indian government in its current shape.

Speaking with The Hindu, Suneel Kumar Niraniyan, DDG (Satellite), Department of Telecommunications (DoT) concurred. He said, “We already have satellite connectivity technology available in India. If Apple comes up for clearance on this then we are ready, but they have to tie up with a satellite operator”.

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First Published Date: 14 Sep, 11:23 IST