Although we are in 2019, there are points where the mobile network infrastructure is not very good or shines because of its absence, which prevents us from connecting to the internet, making calls or sending SMS; that is, we are incommunicado.
Apple I would have been investigating a way to solve this problem, enabling on your iPhone a system similar to "walkie-talkie" so that users with their smartphones could establish contact at the times when the mobile network fails or is nonexistent.
Apple would have worked with Intel on the OGRS project or "Shrek"
Tim Cook's company would have partnered with the American processor manufacturer Intel to carry out this function that would allow iPhone to communicate with each other through long distance radio waves Without needing mobile networks. It would be something like a "walkie-talkie", although with text messages.
The name of this project would have received different names. In Apple it would be known as OGRS (pronounced "ogres"), while in Intel it would be "Shrek". This function would use the radio spectrum of 900 megahertz. To work, you would need Intel modems, according to one of the sources you have spoken to The Information.
Although the reasons why Apple has decided to paralyze the project, it is believed that the march of Rubén Caballero of the company In the month of April it would have a lot to do with being responsible. In addition, that the company has decided to use Qualcomm's chips instead of Intel's for future products could also have affected.
Sources claim that the technology could still appear on future iPhone, logical thing if we consider that Apple acquired much of the modem division of Intel. It should be mentioned that this feature should not be confused with the "walkie-talkie" function of the Apple Watch to send voice messages, which does require Wi-Fi or mobile network.
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