Apple's work on communications satellites and next-generation wireless technology means the aim is likely to beam data to a user’s device, potentially mitigating the dependence on wireless carriers, or for linking devices together without a traditional network.
-- Mark Gurman, Bloomberg
Remember when Apple was the most secretive company in Silicon Valley? The pending transition to 5G is the perfect time to disrupt the telco's stranglehold on mobile connectivity, but can it be done with satellites? And can it be done quickly enough to offer a compelling alternative to 5G? One interesting facet of a satellite-based system is that oppressive governments will lose control of their regional Internet. If that happens, it will be the biggest technological revolution of the 21st century.