Apple hires two former Google satellite executives

Following reports that Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars in California, technology giant Apple hired two former Google executives specializing in satellite technology.
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Following reports that Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars in California, the technology giant has caused further speculations of its future projects after hiring two of Google’s former satellite executives John Fenwick and Michael Trela.

Fenwick led Google’s space operations and Trela was in charge of satellite engineering. The two executives were part of Skybox Imaging (later renamed Terra Bella), a company bought by Google in 2014 and sold this year, which provided high-resolution imaging satellites. The two will operate under Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy who joined Apple earlier this year.

Some believe that Apple intends to join forces with Boeing to provide broadband access through satellites. However, questions will remain unanswered for now as all members involved refuse to comment on the subject.  



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