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Steve Jobs’ daughter was right. I shouldn’t have bought the iPhone 14.

Steve Jobs' daughter was right.  I shouldn't have bought the iPhone 14.
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  • I bought the new iPhone 14 Pro Max in Apple Stores the day after it went on sale.
  • I got $640 back by trading in my iPhone 13 Pro Max, but I had to pay another $780.
  • I loved the Dynamic Island feature, but I should have listened to Steve Jobs’ daughter.

For the past ten years, I’ve been one of Apple’s best customers. I’ve bought every new iPhone since I switched from a BlackBerry to the iPhone 4S.

This year was no exception. I bought an iPhone 14 Pro Max 256GB in silver the day after it was released on September 17th. I got $640 back by trading in my iPhone 13 Pro Max, but I still had to pay $780.

After a few weeks of playing with my new toy, I can say with confidence that there are no big surprises to be found other than the “Dynamic Island”. That’s Apple’s fancy name for the dead space between the selfie camera and the Face ID sensor, now used to “consolidate your notifications, alerts, and activity into one interactive place.”

my colleague Antonio Villas-Boas can tell you all about the technical aspects of Apple’s latest products, so I’ll focus on usage.

Steve Jobs’ daughter was right

Ultimately, Eve Jobs, the daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was right when she posted a meme on Instagram joking about it iPhone 14 is eerily similar to the previous model.

It reads, “I’m upgrading from iPhone 13 to iPhone 14 following Apple’s announcement today,” while a man holds up a shirt identical to the one he’s wearing.

The latest line of smartphones may have several new software features, but I’m disappointed that there aren’t more.

I’ll admit I was very excited to see the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max coming full screen – especially now that the notch is gone.

I also admit that the Dynamic Island feature is really really cool. I like that when listening to music you can just press it and it takes you back to the application. However, it could have been used more effectively.

Having had the iPhone 13 Pro Max, apart from Dynamic Island, I can’t see any difference that’s actually worth upgrading for. Maybe the smartphone just got as good as it will basically be?

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro.

Dynamic Island uses the area at the top of the screen to display notifications, song titles, and other information.

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nonsense

I always find excuses to justify throwing hundreds at a new smartphone: using my iPhone for work, documenting trips, making sure the battery lasts all day, and that it can support all the things I put on it must do. Let’s call that exactly what it is: nonsense.

Even a now-ancient iPhone 8 (from way back, ahem, 2017) could do the job. However, there is an appeal to having the latest mobile phone and it is nothing more than a way to brag to your friends.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told someone who asked him if Apple would adopt RCS — a messaging app developed by Google for Android phones — to make it easier for his mother to see the videos he sends her that he told his mother should buy an iPhone.

It’s not just an iPhone that everyone should own, Cook believes, though there are also AirPods, iPads, MacBooks and the Apple Watch to buy. And yes, of course I also own all these devices.

While I’ve always said I don’t think I could switch from an iPhone to an Android, many people have done so and somehow survived. Maybe it’s about time I took an iOS vacation too?

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