When the iPhone 14 Pro models were announced, Apple surprised many with its innovative integration of software functions with a dial-shaped slot at the top of the screen, which it calls “Dynamic Island”. This article explains what it does, how it works, and how you can interact with it to perform the actions.
What is a dynamic island and how does it work?
Early in the rumor cycle before the iPhone 14 Pro was announced, we learned that Apple was working on alternative to slit which included a bead-shaped slot and a hole-punch to house the TrueDepth camera hardware.
It wasn’t until late August, a week after Apple’s iPhone event invitations went out, that we exclusively reported that these cutouts would appear as one contiguous and longer pill when the iPhone 14 Pro was in use, and that Apple also planned to integrate software and functionality around the pill. pregnancy.
As we now know, on iPhone 14 Pro models, the pixels around what Apple calls “Dynamic Island” are combined into a single bead-shaped area that changes size and shape to accommodate different types of alerts, notifications, and interactions, turning it into a sort of front and center information hub. .
What iPhone Models Have Dynamic Island?
Dynamic Island is limited to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The standard iPhone 14 models continue to offer the same notch as the iPhone 13 models.
What can Dynamic Island do?
Below is a breakdown of the many functions that Dynamic Island can perform.
Dynamic island: display outputs and alerts
- Apple Pay transaction confirmations
- Privacy Indicators When Using Your Microphone or Camera
- Transfer files via AirDrop
- AirPods connection status and battery life
- iPhone charging status and battery life
- Low battery alerts
- Silent mode is turned on or off
- Face ID unlock
- Lock/unlock Karki
- Unlock Apple Watch
- NFC interactions
- AirPlay Connections
- Focus mode changes
- Shortcut Actions
- Airplane mode / No data alerts
- SIM card alerts
- connect accessories
- Find my alerts
Dynamic Island: Essential Activities
- Upcoming directions and step-by-step maps
- Incoming phone call and call duration
- Remaining time playing the song
- active timing
- Live Sports Activity Results
- SharePlay sessions
- screen recording
- Voice memo recordings
- Personal Hotspot Connection
Can I interact with the dynamic island?
It is possible to interact with certain types of content displayed on Dynamic Island. For example, if it shows something related to the background activity of an app, you can tap on Dynamic Island to switch directly to the associated app.
In certain circumstances, such as during media playback, you can also long press on Dynamic Island to bring up a widget containing playback controls.
Dynamic Island is also able to display multiple background activities simultaneously, such as when a counter is counting down and when you are listening to music. When that happens, the island is divided into a larger pill-shaped area and a smaller circular area, so you can see and interact with both activities. You can switch between them and take advantage of them, just as you can with the standard Dynamic Island interface.
Overall, Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro models is the kind of nice integration of software and hardware that Apple is known for, and the ability for third-party developers to take advantage of its capabilities means we can expect new and unexpected features to emerge from it.
Additionally, with the release of iOS 16.1 later in 2022, Dynamic Island will also work with Live Activities in third-party apps, so there’s a lot to look forward to.
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