When the iPhone 14 Pro model was announced, Apple surprised many with its innovative integration of software functions with a pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen, which it calls a “dynamic island.” This article explains what it does, how it works, and how you can interact with it to take action.
What is Dynamic Island and how does it work?
Before the announcement of the iPhone 14 Pro at the start of the rumor cycle, we learned that Apple was working on a footing option That included a pill-shaped cutout and a hole punch cutout to hold the TrueDepth camera hardware.
It wasn’t until late August, a week after Apple’s iPhone event invite went out, that we exclusively reported that these cutouts would appear in the form of a contiguous, tall tablet when the iPhone 14 Pro was in use. was, and Apple also planned to integrate the software. Works around the tablet.
As we now know, on the iPhone 14 Pro model, the pixel display surrounds what Apple calls a “dynamic island,” merging it into a pill-sized area that can handle a variety of alerts, notifications, and interactions. Changes size and shape to accommodate this, turning it into a sort of front-and-center notification center.
Which iPhone models feature Dynamic Island?
Dynamic Island is limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The standard iPhone 14 models continue to offer the same notch as the iPhone 13 model.
What can Dynamic Island do?
Here are a description of the many tasks Dynamic Island can accomplish.
Dynamic Island: Display Outputs and Alerts
- Apple Pay transaction confirmation
- Privacy indicator when microphone or camera is in use
- airdrop file transfer
- AirPods Connection Status and Battery Life
- iPhone Charging Status and Battery Life
- low battery alert
- silent mode on or off
- face id unlocking
- Carkey Locking / Unlocking
- Apple Watch Unlocking
- NFC Interaction
- airplay connection
- Changes focus mode
- shortcut actions
- Airplane Mode / No Data Alerts
- sim card alert
- Accessories Connect
- find my alerts
Dynamic Island: Background Activities
- Upcoming and turn-by-turn map directions
- Incoming phone calls and call duration
- time remaining to play the song
- active timer
- Live Activity Sports Scores
- shareplay session
- screen recording
- voice memo recording
- personal hotspot connection
Can I interact with Dynamic Island?
It is possible to interact with certain types of content displayed in Dynamic Island. For example, if it’s showing something related to an app’s background activity, you can tap Dynamic Island to switch directly to the associated app.
In some circumstances, such as when media is playing, you can long-press the dynamic island to bring up a widget with playback controls.
Dynamic Island is also capable of displaying multiple background activities at once, such as when a timer is counting down and while you are listening to music. When this happens, the island splits into a larger pill-shaped area and a smaller circular area, so you can both see the movements and interact with them. You can swap between them and tap into them, just like you can with the standard dynamic island interface.
Overall, Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro model is the type of impressive integration of software and hardware Apple is known for, and the ability of third-party developers to tap into the potential means we’re in front of new and unexpected features. can expect to come. its.
Plus, with iOS 16.1 released later in 2022, Dynamic Island will also work with live activities in third-party apps, so there’s more to look forward to.