Dynamic Island – Apple’s marketing name for its pill-shaped story – is one of the main differences between the iPhone 14 Pro and non-Pro models. Apple’s way of embracing interruptions with software magic is intriguing, and all of these lovely animations are noteworthy. I bought the iPhone 14 Pro for the dynamic island and new cameras. Unfortunately, the first was not what I expected.
More distracting than a notch
The notch wasn’t a distraction after a few hours of use on previous iPhones. Get used to the slit On iPhone 14 and its predecessors within a few hours of use. But the dynamic island is a great distraction. It’s not like a notch, which means you don’t get used to it.
I’ve been using the iPhone 14 Pro for three days and I’m still distracted by Dynamic Island. When you step past the marketing name, all you see is an ugly cut that sits below a notch, and if you’re using your iPhone in light mode, it’s going to be hard for you to get used to.
As you can see from the image above, this is the dynamic island when it isn’t dynamic. It’s just sitting there on top of the screen, distracting you from what you’re doing. You will notice it every time you open any messaging app like Telegram or WhatsApp or social apps like Twitter and Instagram. Thankfully, Instagram Stories obscure the top, so the class isn’t visible there. But using Twitter with a large hole on the top is not what I expected when I bought the iPhone 14 Pro.
You can’t get used to Dynamic Island when it’s not dynamic. You’ll notice it every time in every app, especially when you use your iPhone in light mode. You can reduce frustration by using iPhone in dark mode. However, I shouldn’t be forced to use dark mode due to the design choices the company makes.
As mentioned above, Dynamic Island is below the notch. As a result, it takes up space while watching 16:9 aspect ratio videos on YouTube. Even if you don’t fill the entire screen, it still takes up space in the video. And if you decide to fill the screen, it will leave one ugly hole in the middle of your viewing experience.
Dynamic Island is not very dynamic for me. It works with only three apps that I use, which are Apple Music, Spotify, and WhatsApp. In a decade of smartphone use, I’ve probably run the timer twice, so this use case is out of the way. The program works with first-party apps and a few third-party apps as of now. It should get support for more third-party apps like Uber later this year.
But as in September 2022, Dynamic Island is not very useful to me. And even when it’s in use, it’s a constant notification telling me that I’m playing music in the background. Tap on Dynamic Island, and the app will open; Tap and hold on it, and you’ll perform quick actions. I found that instead of hitting the top of the screen to go to my Music app, I’d rather swipe from the bottom and go to it from the recent apps list. Finger gymnastics.
The same goes for WhatsApp calls. I get a nice animation at the top of the screen telling me I’m on a call and the microphone is active, but that’s all there is to it. You cannot click the dynamic island to start an action. It is not an abbreviation for functionality. As it stands now, Dynamic Island is there to let you know mostly about things you already know. I can hear music, so I know I’m playing music. Having the dynamic island tells me this isn’t entirely helpful.
With more third-party app developers using Dynamic Island later this year, I hope things will improve – and be more useful to me with the apps I use. But we judge a product by how good it is when it comes out – not what it could be in the future. And for the dynamic island, unfortunately, it is not as dynamic as it is today.
I hope Apple stuck with some and incorporated Dynamic Island features there. He wouldn’t stand in my way by watching the videos, and he wouldn’t have distracted me so much. But Dynamic Island is the way Apple is progressing, and – at least for now – I’m not a big fan of it.
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