In response to a question from the audience at the Code Conference he attended a few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook replied, “Get your mom an iPhone.” The executive offered the answer to a reporter asking about Apple’s plans, RCS to introduce on the iPhone, a richer text messaging communication system than SMS that Google uses on Android. This is part of the famous blue versus green text bubble row that Google is still fighting in the US in its desperation to somehow convince Apple to come on board.
The reporter said that he and his mother find it difficult to send each other photos and videos because she uses an Android device. That’s where Cook came in.
While some people might not appreciate the reaction given that new iPhones are more expensive than most Android phones, Cook’s advice is good. You should buy your mom an iPhone if Android is bothering you when texting. And the same goes for your father. But that doesn’t necessarily mean buying one of the four iPhone 14 models that Apple just launched, which start at $799.
Don’t just give your mom your old iPhone
The easiest option here might be to upgrade your current iPhone to iPhone 14. Rather than trade it in or sell it online, you can delete the older model and give it to someone in your family. It may be a teenager getting their first smartphone. It could also be a parent who would benefit from the upgrade.
But don’t just give them any old iPhone. If you are a heavy user, your iPhone battery health may be affected. And it will affect your mother’s iPhone experience. You certainly don’t want your parents to hate iOS after jumping from Android. At least you can consider swapping out the old battery for a brand new one.
If you’re upgrading from a newer iPhone like the iPhone 12 and later, your battery health should be reasonably decent. Also, the iPhone model supports 5G connectivity and should receive decent software upgrades for several years to come. In such a case, you can think about changing the battery later.
What new iPhone should your mom buy?
The better way is to get your mom a brand new iPhone. Not only is it a brand new device that will last for several years without worrying about battery health and any issues, but it’s also a nice touch. Parents get a brand new device, complete with the full opening and setup experience.
You’ll still have to help your mom set up the handset for the first time, especially if it’s a switch from Android. But it should be up and running in no time, and adapting to iOS should be relatively easy.
That means your mom might not need the latest and greatest iPhone. Thankfully, Apple’s 2022 iPhone lineup is nothing short of incredible, with prices ranging from $429 for the 64GB iPhone SE 3 to $1,599 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Somewhere in there is the iPhone you were supposed to buy your mom.
When buying a smartphone for parents, size plays a crucial role. And I’m referring to two things here: screen size and storage space.
The screen size is the most important detail. You should stay away from the 4.7-inch iPhone SE. It’s just too small for her eyes. It may be necessary to set up huge fonts and use zoom so that they can comfortably read content on the screen. But the iPhone SE is still too small. That’s why you should only consider all-screen iPhones for mom and dad.
Even the 5.4-inch, 128GB iPhone 13 mini might be too small for them. You should focus on a 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch iPhone. Some may prefer the larger screen while others may like the smaller one.
One thing to note here is that Apple currently only sells two 6.7-inch iPhones. The iPhone 14 Plus starts at $899 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,199. You won’t find any older Pro Max models from Apple, so you’ll need to look at inventory from carriers and electronics stores. Again, we are aiming for a brand new iPhone for mom.
Second, you need decent storage. You should ignore the 64GB tier unless your mom likes using your iCloud account or sets up her own. Opt for at least 128 GB of memory. It takes up the storage space for photos and videos that tend to fill up chat apps like iMessage. After all, that’s why you’re upgrading.
And mom will probably want to hold on to the new iPhone for a few more years.
Apple might not sell the best iPhone for your mom
When you’re on a tighter budget, Apple isn’t selling the best new iPhone for your mom. That’s the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 of 2019 that Apple just discontinued. It’s the kind of iPhone that will satisfy all your needs.
First of all, it’s a relatively new iPhone that will run many iOS versions in the years to come. It has a large 6.1-inch display and decent battery life. Finally, it comes in a 128GB version.
Before the launch of the iPhone 14, Apple was selling the iPhone 11 starting at $499. That’s just $70 more than the iPhone SE 3. You’re getting even better prices now, but not from Apple. Chances are you can score the handset at other retailers at a great price. But you’ll want to buy a brand new device so your mom can make the most of the switch to iPhone.
If money is no object, you can easily upgrade to an iPhone 12, 13 or 14. You get a brighter OLED panel, much better cameras, faster performance, 5G connectivity, and a device that lasts even longer than the iPhone 11.
To see every iPhone price point in Apple’s fall 2022 iPhone range, check out our handy guide at this link.
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