New iPhone versions will get the properties of the walkie-talkie

As the living classic says, “the train will only go where the path is laid”, so are all our mobile

devices are only conditionally mobile. The smartphone will only work where cellular networks are deployed, just get out of the coverage area, and it turns into a piece of metal and plastic, useless in terms of communication, which is only suitable for a while to be a flashlight, a weak camera and a player for listening to music.


However, some manufacturers have allocated theirsmartphones have the properties of a walkie-talkie, allowing owners of these devices to communicate where there is no coverage by cellular networks. For communication, you don’t even need to dial the number of your interlocutor. And now it turns out that Apple also worked on a similar feature of its own design, which allows you to turn your smartphone into a real walkie-talkie. But so far, not a word has been said about this, either the work on the project was postponed, or indeed the strictest secrecy was.

The Information publication reports thatCupertin's company worked on a project in cooperation with Intel chip maker. The technology was developed as part of the OGRS project at Apple, and at Intel the project was called Project Shrek. The latter looks very sarcastic, although this name is associated with the name of the ogre from the cartoon, perhaps for Intel this means something completely different.

It's not wifi

The technology that turns a smartphone into a walkie-talkie,has nothing to do with WiFi wireless technology. Such an application (walkie-talkie) is available on the smart watch Apple Watch. However, for the iPhone now there are many applications that can turn it into something similar to a walkie-talkie, but only within the framework of cellular or wifi networks. It is clear that the functionality and problems of such pseudo ratios are the same as those of cellular networks.

OGRS technology should work on principlesgood old radio stations, creating communications completely independent of cellular networks over long distances. In this case, neither wifi nor cellular network is required. At first, the portable walkie-talkie inside the smartphone will be able to work only with text messages anywhere in the world where there is no coverage of cellular networks. Of course, the technology is being improved, and in the future smartphones can work in this mode with voice (and maybe once with video communication).


Even ignorant people in networks can easily understandwhat will be the benefits of such solutions and technologies. Today, many people work in such corners of the earth where there is no connection, and there are a lot of such places inside our country. You drive a little further from large cities, and already a signal to catch the problem. And what can we say in our northern and Siberian territories. So such a connection (and any) will not hurt them. In addition, in rescue operations, when usually the main communications usually do not work, including communications, similar technologies in smartphones will help to do the job.

Not bad such a connection can show itself whenoverseas trips. In campaigns, expeditions. If you keep in touch only with fellow travelers, then the savings on calls will be enormous, no roaming, no telecom operators, no headache. But for now, the project is being frozen, as the modem department manager left the company. Now a new one is expected and time will be needed until the project resumes. Let's hope that this feature will nevertheless appear in new generations of the iPhone.