According to the article, Apple is said to be focusing on satellite technology, having recruited a number of aerospace engineers to form a team of satellite and antenna designers.
The satellite technology the iPhone manufacturer could use to directly beam internet services to smartphones, bypassing wireless networking.
The team is headed by two former Google executives, Michael Trela and John Fenwick, who worked for $500 million in 2014 at a satellite monitoring startup called Skybox Imaging.
Based on communications satellites and next-generation wireless technology from Apple means that the target is likely to beam data to a user’s device, possibly reducing reliance on wireless carriers, or connecting devices together without a traditional network.
When mentioned earlier, it is not clear whether the company would actually go ahead with the project on satellite technology, as it is still early and could be abandoned.
Whether the company wants to develop its own satellites or just use satellite data from others, it’s not clear what the end goal of Apple is and also not understood.
The fight for services provided in space is expected to only heat up in the next decade. Amazon announced earlier this year internet access plan via low-Earth orbit satellites, while Elon Musk’s SpaceX submitted an application for 30,000 similar satellites for its Starlink internet program in October.
Facebook’s newer projects are a long way from generating revenue, and Apple never joins new categories without a simple way to make money.