“On February 28, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals technology that could support a future iPhone with satellite capabilities,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Satellite phones or satphones are popular on expeditions into remote areas where terrestrial cellular service is unavailable,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s patent filing states that the use of satellites for personal and business communications is an important technique in global communication networks.”

Purcher reports, “Satellite communication systems provide obvious benefits that allow users to transmit and receive communication signals over a large footprint. Apple’s invention advantageously provides a method and system for achieving a link improvement in a diverse communication system such as a satellite-based system.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]