While drone manufacturers like DJI are developing ever more potent www.slashcam.de/artikel/Test/DJI-Ronin-4D-mit-ProRes-RAW-und-3D-LiDAR-in-der-Praxis--Die-Robotik-Film-Zukunft-.html ((cine)cameras), companies like Apple seem to be exploring the potential of drones.
At least, that&s what patents recently filed by the Cupertino-based company suggest. Here, classic quadcopter representations including remote controllers, wireless network applications and more can be found. The application data traffic via 3GPP mobile network seems to be the most interesting aspect of the Apple patent. Here, a mobile radio network would be added to the classic WIFI connection between the controller and the drone. Since 5G and, in the future, 6G will greatly reduce air latencies, corresponding networking and real-time control scenarios are not only a current research topic for the automotive industry. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are also likely to benefit from such real-time networking.
Add to this Apple&s map app and the camera and mobile phone functions from the iPhone, and Apple drones no longer seem so far-fetched in the future.