Okay, let’s talk about the new iPhones, and we’ll start with the iPhone 14–which, like last year, comes two sizes. Unlike last year, when you could buy an iPhone 13 mini, those two sizes are normal and bigger (though, you can still buy a brand new iPhone 13 mini).
This year might be the first year that we’re starting to see where Apple has been heading with its iPhone updates. From here on out, the standard iPhone will get last year’s Pro chip. This year, that means the iPhone 14 gets the A15 bionic from the iPhone 13 Pro, which had an additional GPU core enabled compared with the regular iPhone 13.
The main new features of the iPhone 14 are that it gets better battery life, which is always a good thing in a device you carry with you all day, as well as better camera and display. Apple says the camera has better low-light performance, especially on the front-facing camera.
Apple also added the rumored satellite connectivity, which it calls Emergency SOS via Satellite, to all iPhone models this year.
Basically, if you’re in an area without cell coverage and you have an emergency, the iPhone will guide you through where to point it to connect with a satellite. Then, it provides a series of prompts to describe your emergency, which is then relayed via satellite to emergency services. In the event you are in an area that doesn’t accept text messaging, Apple says it is staffing relay centers that will call on your behalf and communicate your emergency.
Finally, the cameras are improved over last year, though obviously not as nice as this year’s Pro models. It’s what you expect from a new iPhone.
If you’re using an iPhone 12 or 13, you’re still using one of the best smartphones in existence. You probably don’t need to upgrade. Anything older than that and the camera and battery improvements alone will probably be worth it.