- I bought the new iPhone 14 Pro Max the day after it went on sale in Apple stores.
- I got $640 back by trading in my iPhone 13 Pro Max, but still had to pay an extra $780.
- I was excited about the “Dynamic Island” feature, but I should have listened to Steve Jobs’ daughter.
Over the past decade, I’ve been one of Apple’s top customers. I’ve bought every new iPhone since I upgraded 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 17. I got $640 back by trading in my iPhone 13 Pro Max, but still had to pay $780.
After a few weeks of playing with my new toy, I can confidently say that there are no big surprises to be found, other than the “dynamic island”. It’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 what it’s been like to use.
Steve Jobs’ daughter was right
In the end, Eve Jobs, daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was right when she posted a meme on Instagram that joked that the iPhone 14 is eerily similar to the previous model.
It reads, “I’m upgrading from iPhone 13 to iPhone 14 after Apple’s announcement today,” while showing a man holding a shirt identical to the one he’s wearing.
Although the new series of smartphones have several new software features, I’m disappointed that there aren’t more.
I admit I was pretty excited for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to go full screen – especially now that the notch is gone.
I will also concede that the Dynamic Island feature is really, really cool. I like that you can just tap it when playing music and it takes you back to the app. However, it could have been used more effectively.
Having had the iPhone 13 Pro Max, I don’t see any difference worth having other than Dynamic Island. Maybe the smartphone just got as good as it basically will be?
I always find excuses to justify splashing hundreds on a new smartphone: using my iPhone for work, documenting trips, making sure the battery lasts all day and can handle whatever I want. have to do on it. Call it exactly what it is: nonsense.
Even a now-old iPhone 8 (from, uh, 2017) could do the trick. However, there’s an appeal to having the latest mobile phone, and it’s nothing more than a way to show off to your friends.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told someone who asked him if Apple would adopt RCS – a messaging application developed by Google for Android mobiles – so that his mother could more easily see the videos he gave her. sends that he should buy an iPhone for his mother.
It’s not just an iPhone that Cook thinks everyone should own when there are AirPods, iPads, MacBooks and the Apple Watch to buy too. And yes, I also own all these devices, of course.
Even though I’ve always said that I didn’t think I could switch from an iPhone to an Android, a lot of people have done it and somehow survived. Maybe it’s time I took an iOS vacation too?