What is Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro?

It’s finally time to say goodbye! The latest line of iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max has finally been unveiled by the company. The not-so-pretty cutout long despised by users is finally coming to an end. This time, however, Apple unveiled a brand new feature called Dynamic Island. The front camera is still housed in this pill-shaped cutout, but it also features algorithms that adjust the size of the black hole based on your actions to make it even more useful. The dynamic island makes it feel much more like a full screen, despite not being a true full-screen experience.

The key here is that the OLED screen around this pill-shaped cutout can actually move and resize around the camera and true depth sensor, resulting in a sort of hybrid of notifications and live widgets that are always visible on the screen.

Let’s use an example: you just started playing some music and when you swipe up the music player, the dynamic island will appear right away. A timer can be added and it will also appear on the moving island. Directly from the Dynamic Island, you can access one of these apps directly or quickly control either one. Starting a voice memo is just one of the many things you can do and observe on the interactive island. The dynamic island would subtly turn into something akin to a small multitasking UI and allow you to quickly switch between these continuous items if you had a timer, Maps navigation and music in the background.

How do you use Dynamic Island?

Dynamic Island is probably the best replacement and upgrade from the get-go. It can be used with many applications at once. We learned about the Dynamic Island at Apple’s live event on Wednesday. It replaces the usual iPhone notch and can grow and shrink to take different shapes to share alerts and other activities. According to Apple, “each alert has its own personality and was built with its own unique character.”

How does Dynamic Island work?

  • The call duration is shown for minimized calls in one pill. The top bubble expands when an incoming call is received.
  • Press and hold the element on Dynamic Island to expand the Music app and access more features.
  • When Silent Mode is activated, a red bell icon with the word “Silent” will appear.
  • The Timer symbol and the time remaining are displayed to the left and right of the Clock app. The Clock app only displays the Timer icon in the pill or circle while many apps are running.
  • The next turn direction is displayed with the Maps icon in the Maps app. A rectangular box appears at the top with additional navigation instructions when you press and hold a Maps element.
  • Payment confirmations appear in a square box in the Apple Pay app.
  • When you use the Voice Memos app to record, its duration is displayed.
  • Flighty is an app that displays Destination and Arrival time in one pill. The pill grows into a box with extra information when touched.
  • You can view privacy indicators for your iPhone’s camera and microphone when using Dynamic Island.
  • Your iPhone will display the “Charging” label and the battery % as an initially long, later short pill when placed in the converter.
  • When an AirPods or other gadget is connected, the device icon and battery level are displayed in one pill.
  • The Airdrop icon and transfer status are displayed on the left and right sides of the tablet respectively while transferring files with Airdrop. An expanded balloon appears with information about who it has been shared with when you tap and hold it.

List of iPhone supports Dynamic Island:

Currently, there are not many iPhone models that support Dynamic Island. According to the sources, only two iPhone models currently support this feature. Iphone 14 Pro and iphone 14 Pro Max are the model which supports dynamic island.

The only two devices currently using the pill notch for the Face ID sensors and the front camera are the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Dynamic Island will not be accessible on any of the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus models due to the notch on those devices. This means that the new UI feature will not be available for earlier iPhone models such as iPhone 13, iPhone 12 or other older iPhone models.

List of apps that support Dynamic Island:

The Dynamic Island feature supports most of Apple’s own iOS apps, and you can even use them simultaneously with several other apps. Support for non-Apple apps should become available after the Dynamic Island UI is integrated into the app. Here is the list of the current known apps that are going to support the dynamic feature.

  • Apple Cards
  • Apple Pay
  • Voice Memos
  • Shortcuts
  • Apple Music
  • Clock
  • Battery Levels and Charging
  • Connected devices like AirPods
  • Phone
  • FaceTime
  • Wallet
  • AirDrop
  • Focus
  • Volatile

How many apps does Dynamic Island support together?

On Dynamic Island, only two apps are visible at a time when they are running in the background. Dynamic Island only displays the inactive components of the other app when you open one of these apps on the screen. If more than two apps are running in the background, Dynamic Island shows portions of the two most recent apps that you minimized.

You can press the icon to launch that app and take action, or you can hold it down to reveal more details about what’s happening without having to drag your notifications down. This really just looks like the widget that would be in your notifications.

According to Apple, the dynamic island will be usable for third-party apps and work well with the new live activity widget included in iOS 16. Everything on your phone will therefore be dynamically updated much more frequently.

Apple has reduced the parts of the face ID system and the selfie camera by about 30 percent, so that they all fit into the pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen. Since it’s an OLED and you can turn off all the pixels to make them look pitch black, they took it a step further and experimented with expanding the tablet’s edges with an extra user interface.

If you have ongoing notifications or live actions in the background, such as playing music, timers, an Uber notification, or anything else, they will appear. It includes a cute little movement that allows it to grow, contract and move around the cutout, and it works great.

That’s it folks! Here’s everything we know right now after introducing this new feature at Apple’s event yesterday. More updates on the new features presented at the Apple event will be coming soon to our website.

Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.

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