It is no secret that Apple has been development in the field of augmented reality, and Autonomous vehicles. Now, as it became known, the company intends to expand the scope of its activities. According to Bloomberg, the iPhone maker has expressed interest in the Boeing project, involving the launch of more than 1000 low-orbit satellites.
John Fenwick, formerly head of the space project at Google, and Michael Trela, led by Google, in the development of satellites, have left their positions to go work at Apple. They will work in the new office, which is headed by Greg Duffy, Dropcam co-founder of a startup, who joined Apple earlier this year. Apple and Google declined to comment.
According to informed sources, Boeing has discussed with Apple the possibility of participation in the project as an investor. In the framework of the project the company plans to launch into orbit constellation of over 1,000 satellites. These satellites will be used for broadband connection to the WAN. What the outcome of the negotiations is unknown.
It is easy to assume in which direction hopes to increase its activities Apple within the new Department. It is expected that participation in the project will allow the company to improve its own mapping service and implement new functionality based on augmented reality.