Apple iPhone 14 notch-shrinkage mystery solved while satellite connectivity via Globalstar seems likely
It’s possible that Elon Musk has spoiled Tim Cook’s party by announcing a joint mission with T-Mobile to offer satellite-to-cellular coverage with Starlink. It had already been widely expected that Apple was going to announce satellite connectivity for the iPhone 14 (which has been a long time coming, anyway), and some tweets from satellite communications consultant Tim Farrar point in that direction.
Farrar states that Musk’s announcement was possibly “designed to pre-empt next week's Apple announcement of their own free messaging service with Globalstar”, which he expects would begin as soon as the iPhone 14 range is officially launched. In addition, the specialist also details the restrictions of the feature, opining that “the service will be limited just to two-way texting” unless Apple and Globalstar’s cooperation involved launching a whole satellite constellation.
Along with that potentially future-looking enhancement, the Apple iPhone 14 may also sport a “light-folded projector”. While that sounds like it could be an amazing addition that will offer some sort of magical display trickery to iPhone 14 owners, its description, as provided by PatentlyApple, is slightly more prosaic. This projector can alter the direction of IR light, thus allowing the reduction of components such as the selfie camera and IR detector. This results in both smaller notches and cutouts for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices and a lot of happy Apple fans.
Importantly, Apple will be using existing satellite spectrum, with no need for any rule changes from the FCC. However, the service will be limited just to two-way texting - no voice calls or photos unless they invest in a new multi-billion dollar constellation (5/n)— Tim Farrar (@TMFAssociates) August 26, 2022