iOS 16.1 adds Reachability support for Dynamic Island
Apple has released iOS 16.1 today, bringing Live Activities for third-party apps, iCloud Shared Photo Library support, Clean Energy Charging in the US, and more. With the update, Apple has also added Reachability support to the Dynamic Island, with the Dynamic Island UI on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max now pulling down when a user enables Reachability mode.
When an iPhone is used with one hand in Portrait orientation, Reachability lowers the top half of the screen so it’s within easy reach of a user’s thumb.
Until now, the Dynamic Island UI had remained fixed to the top of the display, even with Reachability enabled, however, iOS 16.1 changes this by bringing the Dynamic Island down when Reachability is used, making it easier for users to interact with the content displayed when using their iPhone with one hand.
With Reachability enabled on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the device will show two Dynamic Islands. The first is the original Dynamic Island at the top of the device that accommodates the camera hardware, and then a second version of the Dynamic Island, which is purely software that shows in the lowered top half of the screen with the rest of the iPhone’s display content with Reachability.
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