"On September 16, 2022, the iPhone 14 was released with only a few more features than the previous model. If you compare the two, the 14 had an improved graphics card and processing system but it didn’t seem like a whole new phone."
-kai vejsada, 8th grade.
A year later on September 15th, 2023, apple released their iPhone 15. with their new model, they have again improved the processor and graphics card. for the pro and pro max versions, they have replaced the original aluminum frame with grade 5 titanium, the same metal that was used on the Mars rover, says Macrumors. They have also added an action button to replace the ringer button which can do several things, you can assign it to specific applications, and you can even make it turn on and off the flashlight or play specific videos.
“It feels like Apple is just copy and pasting their phones,” said Rafi Ponet, an 8th grader in Literary Arts. at Oakland School of the Arts (OSA) in response to Apple’s last few models.
“I am pretty happy with the iPhone's performance, says Julian Topel, an 8th grader, compared to my old phone the performance is much better, It also feels lighter. It doesn't feel that sturdy though. I would not recommend buying it unless you have a 12 or earlier. The performance margin is not that noticeable compared to a 14. ”
In early 2018, Apple had been accused of slowing down older models and decreasing battery life in hopes of clients purchasing their newer models. That was then met with a lawsuit in which over 3 million claims were filed against Apple after they denied the accusations. The company then agreed to pay $113 million to those who had been affected by the slowdown.
A few days after the release of the iPhone 15, Apple released- a new iOS update in which iPhone users reported their older models slowing down and battery life decreasing rapidly. Apple again got hit with another lawsuit and they agreed to pay $500 million dollars to those who were affected, as well as releasing another iOS update reverting the changes.
The iPhone 16 is set to be released in September 2024, hopefully, they improve different features, including their overall design and gap in computing performance.