iPhone 14 may feature rumored satellite connectivity, but no more mini model
The rumor: A new report from 9to5Mac (82.8% accurate) is just in with some fresh details about the upcoming iPhone 14 series, set to debut later this year.
- There isn’t going to be a mini-sized model…Apple will only ofter 6.1 and 6.7-inch options
- While 2 models of iPhone 14 will still use an A15 chip, the 2 higher-end models will have “a brand new chip”
- Because the iPhone 14 Pros will have a wild new notch design, the height of the display may be “slightly taller to accommodate” this
- Rumors ahead of iPhone 13 suggested the phones would be able to send emergency text messages using low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites even when you don’t have cell signal…that feature never appeared, but 9to5Mac says Apple is still actively working on it (although “It’s unclear whether the technology will be ready for this year’s iPhone, but the company has been testing prototypes that are capable of sending text messages over satellite. That system is internally known by the codename ‘Stewie'”)
Sam’s take: I am over-the-moon to hear that satellite messaging is still in the works. As I said when we first heard about this months ago: this will be game-changing. I think this is reactively likely to happen on iPhone 14, even though 9to5Mac didn’t say it would definitively.