Apple has integrated India’s indigenous satellite navigation system, NavIC, into its latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models – a move that’s taken a while but is finally here.
What’s NavIC? While there wasn’t a formal announcement during Apple’s recent Wonderlust event at its Cupertino headquarters, NavIC, an acronym for “Navigation with Indian Constellation,” is India’s answer to the GPS. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), NavIC operates through a constellation of seven satellites, ensuring precise location tracking with an accuracy of better than 20 meters.
This integration marks a significant shift for Apple, emphasizing its commitment to the Indian market. Historically, Apple’s iPhones have relied on global navigation systems like GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. The inclusion of NavIC not only boosts the iPhone’s location-tracking capabilities in India but also aligns with the nation’s push for self-reliance in technology.
What’s More? Beyond the NavIC integration, the new iPhone 15 Pro models boast a plethora of upgrades. The A17 Pro chip powers them, and Apple claims it’s the industry’s first 3-nanometer chip, promising faster performance and enhanced graphics.
Additionally, in a notable departure from tradition, Apple has replaced its proprietary lightning port with a USB-C charging port in the iPhone 15 models.
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In essence, Apple’s latest offerings seem to be a blend of cutting-edge technology and a nod to local innovations, marking a new chapter in its engagement with the Indian market.
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