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Apple Unveils New iPhone 14

Oma Sukul
Students all over campus are tired and bored with their old phones.

As Apple continues to release a new product every year, many are left wondering whether the growing number after “iPhone” means anything at all. On September 7th, the new iPhone 14 was unveiled at Apple’s Far-Out event, held at their headquarters in Cupertino, California. At first glance, this new product looks very similar to last year’s iPhone 13, but it comes with a number of upgrades to the hardware and the new IOS 16. looks very similar to last year’s iPhone 13, but it comes with a number of upgrades to the hardware and the new IOS 16.  

Comparison of all models in the new iPhone 14 series.

Through Apple’s exclusive partnership with Globalstar Inc.—a company dedicated to providing cell phones with low-orbit satellite service—the iPhone 14 achieves pioneering capabilities in emergency satellite communications.  

These low-orbit satellites resolve the conflict of any untimely message transmission, enabling emergency dispatchers to reach you regardless of traditional network service coverage in serious situations. This partnership gives Apple the upper hand in production and makes it difficult for other companies to replicate this feature in their future models.   

In addition to the emergency satellite communication feature, the iPhone 14 also introduces a groundbreaking crash detection feature that measures cabin pressure fluctuations, speed changes, and sudden loud noises in your vehicle to trigger the automatic notification for emergency services in the event of a car crash.  

Another draw to the new phone the is the camera, which offers improvements over it predecessor.  

It seems like they upgraded the camera, and that’s the main thing that I look forward to when getting a new phone,” said Molly Ratinoff (‘23), one of the founders of Webb Photography Club. 

The new iPhone’s main and ultrawide angle camera image resolution, advanced low-light performance, and 48-megapixel sensor work in harmony to elevate phone photography to a new level. The larger sensor means a higher resolution and better quality pictures. With the upgraded Cinematic Mode and the new Action Mode, Apple makes professional video recording available for iPhone users, allowing stable and smooth footage. The ability to take life-like and vibrant shots attracts the attention of many photography enthusiasts and content creators to Apple’s new release.   

Along with the additional safety features and improved camera, the iPhone 14 comes with some controversial changes, or rather the lack thereof. The first is Apple’s decision to remove the physical SIM card slot. In its place is an embedded SIM card, or eSIM.   

While this technology was introduced in 2018, this is the first time that it is completely on its own without a physical SIM card. The eSIM presents some exciting possibilities for phone usage, such as easier carrier switching and access to multiple numbers on one phone, which would benefit international students who use more than one area code. 

I think iPhones are annoying because they never have dual SIM card slots and as an international student, I need two SIM cards,” said Yoyo Meng (‘23), an international student from China. 

However, switching phones with an eSIM is more work than simply moving your card from one tray to another. In theory, using an eSIM should make this process faster, but users have complained about the multi-step process that accompanies current eSIM compatible phones. This technology also makes it easier for users to be tracked by their network provider, which may be an issue for those concerned about photography.  

The second controversial change is the lack of an updated processor for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The two phones will use the A15 bionic chip that is currently in the iPhone 13 Pro. Only the iPhone 14 Pro will be receiving an upgrade with a new A16 bionic chip. Fans speculate that this is due to the worldwide chip shortage that hasn’t quite come to an end yet. 

The demand that COVID-19 lockdowns created for consumer electronics greatly overwhelmed supply, and producers haven’t been able to catch up. Companies like Apple responded by tweaking device specs to make the most of their materials. But for casual iPhone users, this might not matter too much.   

“Honestly, I believe the iPhone 13 Pro’s processor is powerful enough and I’m sure the iPhone 14 will still impress me in other ways,” Clarence Deng (’23) said. 

Overall, the iPhone 14 comes with a number of new updates like eSIM cards, an improved camera, and brand-new safety features. For users more focused on performance, the new iPhone may not be necessary due to its similarities to the iPhone 13. However, for those upgrading from an older model, taking advantage of all the new features and investing in the iPhone 14 will be worth it.  

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Wura Ogunnaike
Wura Ogunnaike, Editor of Culture & Lifestyle & Social Media Manager
After spending her summer in a lab for a science research program, Wura Ogunnaike (23’) is ready to return to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a Social Media Manager and the Editor of Culture & Lifestyle. Reflecting her earlier efforts, Wura enjoys writing for the publication because of the freedom and wide range of topics she can cover in the process. This year, aside from having fun with writing, Wura is also taking on the responsibility of a Social Media Manager by utilizing social media outreach to attract more readership and enhance the reputation of the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Outside of the newsroom, Wura is a Jameson dorm prefect, where she always demonstrates the perfect balance between enacting leadership when necessary and showing kindness to her fellow dorm residents. In her free time, Wura likes to read, hike, and listen to Taylor Swift songs. However, her favorite song is “This is What Makes Us Girls” by Lana Del Rey. In addition to developing new interests, her goal for herself is to branch out in multimedia and work on social media-related publications. Some examples include podcasts or a photo gallery, which she has already exposed herself to during her first year of journalism.  Favorite Song: "This Is What Makes Us Girls" by Lana Del Rey
Oma Sukul
Oma Sukul, Editor of Photography
One hundred kilometers an hour. Blink, and you’ll miss it. Hesitate, and it’s too late. But for Oma Sukul (‘23), Editor of Photography, it’s just another day of volleyball. Her lightning-fast reflexes not only help her as a varsity player out on the court, but they also enable her to capture spontaneous moments that are featured on the front page. However, Oma also treasures the slower parts of life. If one were to visit her home in Rancho Cucamonga, she would likely be found indulging in romance stories alongside her cat Lucky or singing along to Niel Diamond with her dad. She cherishes her connections with her friends and family, and you can always count on her to be genuine, friendly, and delightful in conversation. Born in Toronto, Canada, her transcontinental family means that she has roots spanning the Pacific Ocean. Contributing to dozens of articles last year, this year Oma seeks to further explore her creative side. Rediscovering her passion for the WCC's quizzes, she continues her quest to make the publication engaging and entertaining for all. One thing’s certain: whatever life throws at her, whatever the speed, you can count on Oma Sukul to spike it back with a smile.   Favorite song: “I am... I said” by Neil Diamond 
Leo Levitin-Shilman
Leo Levitin-Shilman, Staff Writer
This year, Leo Levitin-Shilman (‘23) is a new face on the Webb Canyon Chronicle team as a staff writer. As a writing enthusiast, it’s no surprise his favorite class was Fundamentals of Composition with Mr. Hansen, which enhanced his writing style. When Leo is not preparing to write a 20-page essay or bragging about being able to name every country in under five minutes, he is most likely hanging out with his friends or getting victory royales in Fortnite. He also loves to watch sitcoms like Seinfeld and play video games with his friends, as they bring out the best of his inner child. Leo is an avid helper in his community, taking on leadership roles as a camp counselor, peer advisor, and admission ambassador all within the last year. As his new role as a staff writer kicks off, Leo would like to contribute to the depth of the Webb Canyon Chronicle by either voicing students’ opinions or creating media content. Leo hopes his work expands people’s outlook on a variety of subjects, bringing the community closer in any way he can.    Favorite song: "Preoccupied (Demo)" by Mac DeMarco   
Elena Petrova
Elena Petrova, Copy Editor
Elena Petrova (‘25) calls Moscow home, knowing every street and every pigeon, and yet she has been chased through the city for holding a piece of paper questioning the authority of her country's president. Always wanting her voice heard, she fights for her future and her community, hoping for a day when Russia can be free. As such, Elena looks forward to indulging her fascination with Russian and Soviet history and culture in Advanced Studies Cold War class. She also gives others a voice: as a passionate learner of many languages, she helps six students, including a Webb alum, embark on their linguistic journeys by teaching them English and Russian. As a Webbie, Elena serves this community as a prefect in Appleby, and a stage manager for this year’s fall play. Though she is very busy, you can also find her cooking new recipes, including her favorite dish: ratatouille. This year, Elena hopes to balance her urge to serve others with protecting her mental health and well-being. At the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she hopes to continue making the student community’s voice heard through more opinion articles, understanding that authority shall be questioned.   Favorite song:  ОГНЕЙ by SALUKI
Yuki Layman
Yuki Layman, Co-Editor of News
Having lived all around the globe from Shanghai, China, to Boston, Massachusetts, and most recently Washington D.C., Yuki Layman ('25) knows that home is where she makes it.! Yuki is an engaged student in all her classes, but it is her strong knowledge in Humanities that impresses her teachers. Especially, during her Advanced Studies Culture and Politics at the Border class, taught by one of her favorite teachers at Webb, Mr. Huerta. Yuki spends her free time in a variety of ways, either going to the village with friends or simply watching Top Boy, her personal favorite TV show that her brother highly recommended. Although she enjoys going out, she stays connected with her life back home by making sure to call her family every night. As well as staying up-to-date with current events, jumping into hot-topic debates with her lawyer dad and brother who is studying International Relations. Coming back to the Webb Canyon Chronicle this year as Editor of News, Yuki is ready to keep the Webb community informed accurately as a Jameson resident again, making Webb her home for the rest of year.   Favorite Song: "1539 N. Calvert" by JPEGMAFIA

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