A report done by The Information (via Engadget) reveals that Apple’s planned “walkie talkie” feature was put on hold as it was meant to use Intel cellular modems.
About the feature
The feature reportedly used the 900 MHz radiofrequency range and allowed users of Apple smartphones to send messages via radio waves in areas that do not have cellular coverage.
The new feature was meant to function similar to walkie talkies for text messages in areas like ski slopes or other areas that had little to no reception.
Postponing or canceling?
At the moment, it’s unclear whether Apple decided to postpone the project or cancel it definitively. Rumors say that the momentary stagnation of the project might be related to Apple exec Ruben Caballero leaving the company earlier this year.
“ Apple was working with Intel on the technology that would have let people send messages from their iPhones directly to other iPhones over long-distance radio waves that bypass cellular networks, said two people familiar with the project.
Caballero was in charge of the project and considered it “his baby.” It could also have something to do with Apple’s plans to switch to Qualcomm modems. “
What do you think? Is the walkie talkie feature actually needed and Apple should focus on developing it or is it just another extra feature meant solely for marketing purpose that nobody will ever use? One thing is certain: Apple is trying to invent and implement new features in their quest of making people want to switch to using their devices.