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Apple’s Dynamic Island is a new feature found front and center on the new iPhone 14 Pro. Here are all the apps, system notifications, and other alerts popping up so far in this unique combination of software and hardware.
With the new iPhone 14 Pro, Apple removed the notch from the top of the phone and reduced its footprint by about 30 percent. Instead of leaving this black pill-shaped spot in the middle of the screen, idle, use the software to adjust its size and shape based on what was happening.
When you set up Face ID, it expands to show your full face and guide you through the registration process. When you go to make a payment, your card will slide from the top and expand. Hence the name Moving Island.
Dynamic Island won’t appear in most screenshots you take — with one exception. If something is going on in Dynamic Island, something other than an idle state, it will show up in the screenshots.
How do you interact with the dynamic island
Dynamic Island can be interacted with in one of two ways. While something occupies the dynamic island, one click will take you to that app while a long wait will expand the dynamic island.
For example, if you are recording a voice memo, you can record and wait on Dynamic Island to reveal the stop button. Click on it, and your recording will be saved. This is much more convenient than having to launch the full Voice Memo app.
Although it usually appears as a single grain of various sizes, there are times when the dynamic island splits in two. If you have one mission already running and it’s showing in the dynamic island and then you start a second mission, a second, smaller bubble will split.
Going back to the voice memo example, if you start a screen recording at the same time, you will see the recording status in the main disk while the screen recording icon will be displayed in the smaller secondary bubble. You can click or tap on either of them, just as you did before.
Dynamic Island is also home to a pair of pointers. This can help you know when to access your microphone or camera for privacy reasons.
When using the front camera, a green circle will appear in Dynamic Island, just to the left of the camera. Likewise, an orange icon will appear when the microphone is reached.
Once we open confrontation time We saw the green indicator and started recording a voice memo that lit the orange dot.
There are several system-wide alerts calling Dynamic Island’s home right now. Unlock your phone, turn off the mute switch or connect AirPods You will appear on the dynamic island.
Here is a list of all system alerts that will appear in Dynamic Island:
- Unlock Apple Watch
Face ID setup and authentication
- Apple Pay
- car key
- low battery
- actively shipping
- Incoming phone call
- Receive AirDrop files
- NFC checked
- Focus mode changed
- Run shortcuts
- No data alert
- SIM card alerts
- Hotspot in use
- Connected accessory
Then we have Live Activities – tasks that are currently happening on your phone. Music playing in the background or a phone call in progress are probably the most common tasks in this category.
With iOS 16.1, Apple made the Live Activities API available to developers. This can display activities on the lock screen, as well as the dynamic island. It could be anything from the approach of your Lyft driver, the receipt of a GrubHub order, or the current football score.
Here are the live activities that can appear on Dynamic Island as of now:
- In a SharePlay session
- Voice memory recording
- Screen recording is active
- Navigation Instructions
- Receive a phone call
- Music or other audio applications
He can do more…
As Apple allows third-party apps to integrate with Dynamic Island, you’ll see more and more apps that bring native support. With native support, apps can display more information such as album artwork, app icons, or appropriate colors.
Take “now running” applications. Currently, Pandora, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Music, Overcast, YouTube Music, Stitcher and SoundCloud support dynamic island with decent graphics while playing.
If the Now Running app does not support Dynamic Island, it will still appear there, but it lacks any distinct features. Dark Noise, for example, will only display the sound visualizer and the pause button until the developer releases their next update.
So far, this is only the beginning. Due to the release of iOS 16.1 with the Live Activities API, developers are adding more support for existing apps, and as Apple envisions the future of Dynamic Island, it will only become more capable.