Elon Musk Says There Have Been 'Promising Conversations' About a SpaceX and Apple Collab

The tech billionaire tweeted about a possible collaboration with Apple on satellite technology for the iPhone 14.

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By Madeline Garfinkle

In response to a Twitter user suggesting Apple and SpaceX partner up for the new iPhone 14's emergency SOS feature, Elon Musk wrote that SpaceX has had some "promising conversations" with Apple, writing that the "iPhone team is obv super smart."

The iPhone 14's emergency SOS feature will use satellites to allow users to send emergency messages even if they are outside of the range of WiFi and cellular coverage.

Users will be asked a series of questions to assess their situation, and then the iPhone will inform them how to connect to a satellite. The feature will be available to iPhone 14 users in the U.S. and Canada starting in November.

Related: Elon Musk's Starlink Is About to Make Major Waves in the Cruise Industry

It's unclear just how "promising" the conversations between SpaceX and Apple are given a recent filing that satellite communications firm GlobalStar will be partnering with Apple for the new emergency SOS feature. Apple has agreed to pay 95% of the costs necessary to implement the service.

Still, a SpaceX and Apple collab isn't totally off the table. In the meantime, SpaceX has partnered with T-Mobile to eliminate dead zones in rural areas. The beta phase is set to begin early next year.

Related: SpaceX Test Causes a Dumpster Fire—Literally

Madeline Garfinkle

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Madeline Garfinkle is an Editorial Assistant at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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