This year, Dynamic Island is one of the best things about the “Pro” versions of the new iPhone 14 series. You’ve probably heard a lot about it in the last few days. Dynamic Island uses the pill-shaped notch on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to give users more information. Here is everything you need to know about how the feature works.
As you know we are decoding every new and upgraded technology and app introduced with iPhone 14 series. Here we talk about “the Dynamic Island”. Check out our previous videos on “ eSim”, “Emergency SOS via satellite” and “ Crash Detection”.
What is the island of Dynamic?
Dynamic Island is a feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max that changes the size of the pill-shaped notch. By changing the size, the black area can hold more information, including interactive information that you can tap or long press to access different functions.
Apple showed at the launch event how the notch can be used as a shortcut to switch between apps. It can show what’s playing, where you are on a map, what’s being recorded, what calls are going on, and more. If you hold down on any of these indicators for a while, they will grow into small windows where you can interact with more of the UI.
Third-party app developers will also be able to use the two extensions of the notch on either side. So, expect Dynamic Island to have more interactive shortcuts in the future.
How to play Dynamic Island
The animations in Dynamic Island are so smooth that you can’t help but notice them. When you close an app that works with Dynamic Island, it immediately goes to it. Depending on what the app lets you do, the cutout gets bigger. When you set a timer, for example, the iPhone shows you the progress in real time at the top of the screen.
When you press and hold on Dynamic Island, the app’s widget grows and shows some simple controls. You can pause or turn off timers right from Dynamic Island. The same goes for apps like FaceTime and Music. Some system actions, like turning on Focus mode or putting the iPhone on the charger, also start animations on Dynamic Island.
One of Apple’s undocumented behaviours that we can now see is how Picture-in-Picture videos are handled by Dynamic Island. Not surprisingly, you can’t drag a PiP window over the cutout. Even if you have a PiP window at the top of the screen, the content moves down when you expand Dynamic Island.
More than one app can be shown at once on Dynamic Island. The app you used most recently will be at the top, but you can also add more actions to Dynamic Island without going back to the app. There is also a small shadow that is tinted with the app’s accent colour and shows the live activity.
When you open a video, Dynamic Island goes back to its normal layout, which doesn’t have any extra icons. It does nothing even if you tap on it. Overall, the system works pretty well, and Apple has made an API so that developers can also use Dynamic Island.
What iPhones will have Dynamic Island?
The Dynamic Island is only available on the Pro models of the iPhone 14 Series. For now, only the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max can use this feature.
Even though Apple could do something similar with the older, wider notches on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series, with black, touch-sensitive extensions of the notch pointing out of the sides, this is unlikely to happen.
The brand will want to keep the feature only on the new phones, and adding support for Dynamic Island to third-party apps so that the feature can be used in multiple ways could be a hassle for developers as well.
Is punch-hole cutouts better than Dynamic Island?
Even though this is debatable and partly a matter of taste, the Dynamic Island feature and Apple’s new pill-shaped notch are still notches at the end of the day. This means that it will still cover a part of your screen, making it harder to watch movies or play games. Punch-holes are still the best way to get more screen space and make games and movies less distracting.
Since the new feature is a “island” with screens on all sides instead of an extension of the top bezel, it might be harder to ignore than it was on older iPhones when watching videos. When the first reviews come out, we should know more about this matter. Also, touching the notch and the area around it over and over again makes it more likely that you will leave smudges on your front camera, since you probably won’t always have perfectly clean fingers.
There’s also the question of how easy it is to get to. The Dynamic Notch’s interactive parts are near the top of the screen, which is where it’s hardest to reach with your thumbs when you only have one hand on your iPhone. This could be a problem on the iPhone 14 Pro Max because its screen is bigger.
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