The first iPhone 14 Pro models are making their way to customer doors. Soon, millions of Apple users will begin to experience the all-new “Dynamic Island” that has a strange name. While it might not happen this year, Apple bringing this feature to the Mac feels like a no-brainer and a great way to push macOS into new directions.
What is a dynamic island
The biggest (and perhaps the only) surprise from Apple’s “Far Out” event this month, Dynamic Island, was the physical cutout sitting at the top of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. It replaces the traditional notch (which remains on the upcoming iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus), which first arrived on the iPhone X in 2007.
In addition to containing the front camera system of the phone, dynamic island Includes sensors and hardware to add additional functionality. Moreover, as its name suggests, Dynamic Island can morph and adapt depending on what is happening on the iPhone screen. In other words, it’s very cool.
Three Macs are expected to get an update early next month MacBook Pro 14 inch and 16 inch and the iMac 24″. Among them, MacBook Pro models already have camera holes, which suggests that Dynamic Island will be much easier to implement on these devices. Regardless, it can work brilliantly on each of the three Macs.
Dynamic Island on iPhone gives users an additional menu screen. You can see notifications from here, along with expanding bubbles showing music, sports scores, and more. On my iPhone 14 Pro Max, I’m very excited about the ability to control apps from this location, although the way Dynamic Island handles notifications also looks promising.
Currently, on macOS Big Sur (and its successor, Ventura), notifications can arrive via a banner at the top right side of the screen; They can also accumulate it in the Control Center. From there, you can also find the music player and other controls. Of course, Apple has greatly improved Control Center on macOS. However, I think that converting some of these to a Mac-based Dynamic Island would freshen things up and save some precious real estate.
On the current 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the notch is almost forgotten due to the way apps can hide it during use. However, in many situations, this behavior is ideal. For example, there’s no reason to see a black notch when using productivity apps like Microsoft Word, and you don’t.
However, I would like to see this site come alive with some extra flair when using apps like Music, Photos and maybe even Safari. (Think about the beautifully designed music alert software that alerts you whenever a new song is played.)
On the road?
The new iPad Pro is It is due to arrive next month. No doubt, if Apple decides to bring Dynamic Island to more devices, it will probably start. However, don’t be surprised if future Macs also get the feature, although it could be at a later date.
Apple is usually slow and steady when making changes to a Mac’s design. And since the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro and 24-inch iMac feature new hardware updates, it may be years before Apple even considers adding Dynamic Island. It is also possible that the feature never bypasses the iPhone.
No matter what happens, it’s always great to see Apple announce one feature each year that really surprises us, which they did with Dynamic Island. We hope to see more of them in the coming years, maybe even in the future Best Mac.