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 called “Dynamic Island”. This article describes its function, how it works, and how you interact with it to perform actions.
What is 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 a alternative to notch which incorporates a pill-shaped cutout and a punch-hole cutout to house the TrueDepth camera hardware.
It wasn’t until late August, a week after Apple’s iPhone event invitations came out, that we exclusively reported this snippet would appear as one longer, contiguous pill form when the iPhone 14 Pro is used, and that Apple is also planning to integrate the software. works around the pill.
As we now know, on the iPhone 14 Pro model, the display pixels around what Apple calls the “Dynamic Island” combine them into a single pill-shaped area that changes size and shape to accommodate different types of alerts, notifications, and interactions, turning them into a kind of centerpiece. front-and-center information.
Which iPhone Model Features a Dynamic Island?
Dynamic Island is limited to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The standard iPhone 14 model continues to offer the same notch as the iPhone 13 model.
What Can Dynamic Island Do?
Below is a breakdown of the many functions that Dynamic Island can fulfill.
Dynamic Island: Displays Output 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 warning
- Silent mode enabled or disabled
- Face ID Unlock
- Carkey lock/unlock
- Unlock Apple Watch
- NFC Interaction
- AirPlay Connection
- Focus mode change
- Shortcut actions
- Airplane mode/no data warning
- SIM card alert
- Connected accessories
- Find my alerts
Dynamic Island: Background Activity
- Upcoming Maps directions and turn by turn
- Incoming phone calls and call duration
- Time left to play the song
- Active timer
- Sports scores Live Activities
- 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 on Dynamic Island. For example, if you’re showing something related to an app’s background activity, you can tap Dynamic Island to jump directly to the related app.
In certain circumstances, such as when media is playing, you can also long-press Dynamic Island to bring up a widget containing playback controls.
Dynamic Island is also capable of displaying multiple background activities at once, such as when the countdown timer is on and when you’re 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 swap 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 model is the kind of impressive software and hardware integration that Apple is known for, and the ability of third-party developers to take advantage of its potential means we can expect new and unexpected features to come out of it.
Also, with the release of iOS 16.1 later in 2022, Dynamic Island will also work with Live Activity in third-party apps, so there’s a lot more to look forward to.