Elon Musk: 'We've Had Promising Conversations With Apple About Starlink Connectivity'

With the launch of the iPhone 14 models yesterday, Apple introduced a new Emergency SOS via satellite feature that's designed to allow iPhone users to get emergency help in off-the-grid areas even when a cellular or WiFi connection is not available.

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Apple is using Globalstar satellites for the endeavor at the current time, but SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed today that his company has had "some promising conversations with Apple about Starlink connectivity."

Musk says that the ‌iPhone‌ team is "super smart," and that space to ‌iPhone‌ communications will work best if "if phone software & hardware adapt to space-based signals vs Starlink purely emulating cell tower."


Apple has made zero mention of any discussions with SpaceX about Starlink, and there is no word if Apple has plans to enter into some kind of partnership to use Starlink technology.

In fact, SpaceX and Tesla in August announced a partnership for a new "satellite-to-cellular" service that will allow second-generation Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit to pair with T-Mobile's mid-band 5G spectrum for the purpose of providing "near complete coverage" across most areas in the United States.

Unlike Apple's satellite feature that requires an ‌iPhone 14‌, T-Mobile and SpaceX's solution should work with existing smartphones. The service will not launch until late 2023, so there are still some details that SpaceX and T-Mobile need to work out.

Apple's satellite communication feature is designed for emergency situations, and it is used to to send short text messages to emergency personnel to allow ‌iPhone‌ users to get help wherever they are. It requires a clear line of sight to the sky for a satellite to connect, and Apple's service is free for the time being.

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Top Rated Comments

sputnikv Avatar
21 months ago
typical of musk trying to claim some attention when he had nothing to do with the subject at hand. such an obnoxious guy
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BootsWalking Avatar
21 months ago
After what Musk pulled with Twitter why would anyone want to do business with him, except maybe for auto-part supply companies.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrRom92 Avatar
21 months ago
How about CarPlay in Teslas? Yeesh
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MattG Avatar
21 months ago
Ugh please don't get involved with this d-bag, Apple
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boss.king Avatar
21 months ago
Elon lies a lot, so who knows if this conversation happened entirely in his head or not.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scheinderrob Avatar
21 months ago
musk is a conman and a fraud. hopefully apple will not deal with them.
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