New iPhones contain a Qualcomm chip that can communicate with satellites

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 iPhone 14 models contain a Qualcomm Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM ) chip that can communicate with satellites, but have more custom-designed Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) components used in the biggest new iPhones . of the phone, according to an analysis of the phone by iFixit and a company statement.

Apple launched its iPhone 14 lineup on Friday. One of the main innovations is the ability to connect to satellites to send emergency messages when there is no WiFi or cellular data connection.

Apple said earlier this month that iPhone 14s contain new hardware that makes emergency messaging possible, which the company plans to activate with a software update coming in November.

iFixit, a California-based company that disassembles iPhones and other electronics to assess their repairability, on Friday disassembled an iPhone 14 Pro Max model and revealed a Qualcomm X65 modem chip.

Qualcomm’s chip provides 5G connectivity for cellular networks and is also capable of using the so-called n53 band, the frequency band used by Globalstar satellites.

In a statement to Reuters on Saturday, Apple said that “iPhone 14 includes custom radio frequency components, and new software designed entirely by Apple, that together enable emergency satellite SOS on new iPhone 14 models.”

Qualcomm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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