Dynamic Island: New interactions for notifications and activities on iPhone 14 Pro
Apple has lifted the curtain on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which feature an all-new Always-On display, the first-ever 48MP camera on iPhone, Crash Detection, Emergency SOS via satellite, and a new way to receive notifications and activities with the “Dynamic Island,” which replaces the notch found on previous iPhone models.
The Dynamic Island, Apple’s new name for the TrueDepth camera system, blends and adapts in real-time to show alerts, notifications, and activities, using the pill-shaped cut-out at the top of the iPhone’s display and turning it into part of the core iPhone experience.
The Dynamic Island maintains an active state to allow users access to controls with a simple tap-and-hold. Ongoing background activities like Maps, Music, or a timer remain visible and interactive, and third-party apps in iOS 16 that provide information like sports scores and ride-sharing with Live Activities can take advantage of the Dynamic Island.
For example, when connecting AirPods to the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Island will morph from its fixed state and show that the earbuds have been connected, when on a FaceTime Audio call, the Dynamic Island will change its appearance to represent a call UI, and when setting a timer, the Dynamic Island will again change its appearance to show different information on-screen.
Available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes, both models include a new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion that features the Always-On display for the first time ever on iPhone, enabled by a new 1Hz refresh rate and multiple power-efficient technologies.
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