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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Sept 17 (Reuters) – Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) iPhone 14 models have Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) chip that can talk to satellites, but with additional custom-designed Apple components used in the phone’s biggest new feature, according to iFixit’s analysis of the phone and an Apple announcement.

Apple introduced the iPhone 14 series on Friday. One of the main new features is the ability to connect to satellites to send emergency messages when there is no WiFi or mobile data connection.

Apple said earlier this month that iPhone 14 models have new hardware that enables the emergency messaging service, which Apple plans to unlock with a software update coming in November. Apple did not provide detailed information about the satellite-specific hardware.

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iFixit, a San Luis Obispo, California-based firm, disassembles iPhones and other consumer electronics to assess how easily they can be repaired. iPhone 14 Pro Max model revealed the Qualcomm X65 modem chip on Friday.

The Qualcomm chip provides 5G connectivity for mobile networks, but can also use what’s said. band n53Frequency band used by Globalstar satellites (GSAT.A).

Globalstar announced earlier this month a deal in which Apple will buy up to 85% of Globalstar’s satellite network capacity to enable Apple’s new emergency messaging feature.

In a statement to Reuters on Saturday, Apple said the iPhone 14 has additional special hardware and software for the new messaging feature.

“iPhone 14 includes proprietary radio frequency components and new software developed entirely by Apple that enable Emergency SOS via satellite on the new iPhone 14 models,” Apple said.

Qualcomm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Luis Obispo, California; Edited by Leslie Adler

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