Interested in Apple’s take on a satellite phone? The Patently Apple website discussed a patent application that Apple filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office regarding a future iPhone equipped with satellite communications technology.
Apple filed its patent application in the fourth quarter of 2012. Intriguingly, Apple itself did not develop the patent; instead, the Company had acquired it, meaning the design is much older than the date of its application implies it to be.
Using satellites for personal and business communications has become vital in global communication networks. Users can send and receive communication signals over a significant coverage area through satellite communications systems.
The patended Apple device will feature a method and system that can improve links in diverse communications systems, be they satellite-based or others. The system adjusts timing offsets, sharing/reallocating timing misalignments, and other scheduling and zoning methods that reschedule the transmissions of mobile stations sharing the same zone.
Apple’s latest brainchild is not limited to the mobile-to-satellite communication link. It can also be applied to all communication links regardless of the direction of the information transfer.
The new satellite communications device is also exceedingly focused on engineering aspects. The patent application is presented in a low key and reveals little about future applications planned by Apple.
There are, however, clues to be gleaned from the potential benefits that a satellite phone can provide to users in remote locations- say, on mountaintops or aboard cruise liners. In addition, it is also logical that Apple plans to deliver movie and television services through its planned satphone.
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