The new iOS is more exciting than the new iPhone this year

iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max on a backdrop of colorful bouncy balls.
This year’s iOS update will make a bigger difference to most people than a new system status indicator. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been carrying one of the new iPhone 14 models with me as my daily driver. When I’ve met up with friends — blissfully unaware of consumer tech goings-on — they’ll ask how work is going, as a matter of etiquette. At that point, my eyes gleam, and I pull the phone out of my tote bag.

“Well,” I say, “I’m testing the new iPhones.” I pause for dramatic effect, and my friend nods politely as I continue.

“It has this new feature called Dynamic Island. Here, let me start a timer and show you…” nodding continues but eyes glaze over at this point.

“And because the sub-pixel array…” At this point in the presentation, my friend is glancing desperately around the room for a convenient out as I explain how it’s…

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Author: Allison Johnson