iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max to Use ISRO’s Navigation Technology

NavIC, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been operational in India since 2018.

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Apple has confirmed its latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models will incorporate India’s homegrown navigation technology, NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), marking the first time Apple has integrated NavIC support into its iPhones. However, the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus variants will not feature NavIC support, as per the official tech specifications. The specific functionalities enabled by this integration remain undisclosed as of now, as reported by Tech Crunch.

NavIC, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been operational in India since 2018. This navigation satellite system offers precise positioning and timing information across India and its surrounding regions. NavIC comprises a constellation of seven satellites and an extensive network of ground stations.

The applications of NavIC encompass a wide array of fields, including terrestrial, aerial, and marine transportation, location-based services, personal mobility, resource monitoring, surveying, geodesy, scientific research, time synchronization, and safety-of-life alert dissemination, as outlined by ISRO.

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India had been urging major tech companies, including Samsung, Xiaomi, and Apple, to make their smartphones compatible with NavIC, a move that required hardware modifications and raised concerns about increased costs and disruptions, according to Reuters.

Apple unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 15 series during a global launch event titled “Wonderlust.” The lineup includes four versions: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Pre-orders for these new iPhones are set to commence on Friday, September 15, with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus scheduled for release on September 22.

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