According to the publisher, Apple has hired two satellite engineers who previously worked at Google to strengthen its hardware team. They are John Fenwick and Michael Trela, director of aerospace operations and head of satellite engineering respectively.
Both of them will be working for Apple on projects that of course we will not know about in the short term, under the orders of former Dropcam manager Greg Duffy . If you remember, Duffy was hired at Apple at the end of January for a “special project”.
None of those involved, neither Google nor Apple, have been willing to comment officially on this, but the source says that these experts could get to work with satellites. Yes, Apple is interested in satellites : remember that all the images on Apple’s maps are taken from them.
In addition, Apple has shown interest in a project of Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, with which it wants to launch a thousand low orbit satellites to provide broadband . Cupertino’s company is considering becoming one of the investors in the project. In fact, some say that this investment has already been made.
Perhaps Apple also wants to provide internet connections to those people on the planet who do not yet have one? This is something that Google and Facebook are already doing in various ways, with the benefit of getting a new market of customers where before there simply was none.
Gurman may have found another new area of Apple. We’ll have to keep an eye out.