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There were a few rumors before the iPhone 14 keynote that said the notch would turn into more of a pill-shaped area, which is in the upper part of the display, but not on the edge, as is currently the case with the Notch is the case.
With the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple has made the TrueDepth camera on the front smaller so that it takes up less space on the display. This is to ensure that the Dynamic Island does not cover any space that represents important content on the iPhone.
In my opinion, the idea of accommodating a pill-shaped notch in the iPhone display does not yet deserve much praise, since other smartphone manufacturers have already come up with it.
But Apple has thought about how to use this dark recess in user interaction. Participating in this consideration was certainly how to cleverly "hide" this black area optically so that it does not jump out too much in the face of the user. There is an area of the Dynamic Island that always has to be black due to the hardware, but the area around this area also adapts in size and displays different things.
Even interaction by tapping or holding elements of the Dynamic Island is possible and offers completely new possibilities when operating the iPhone.
From my point of view, the solution that Apple comes up with here is simply brilliant and the name "Dynamic Island" describes it quite well: The black area is an island and because it is used in many apps to display specific information or Displaying system hints also makes them dynamic.
And the examples that Apple in the Keynote has shown have impressed me. One really gets the impression that this pill notch doesn't really bother, but is well integrated into the system.
Apple has a good video showing what the feature can do:
I used to not be a fan of animations, because back then such things actually had a noticeable impact on the battery life of the iPhone. With the A16 chip, the graphics performance of the iPhone 14 Pro is so great that these small animations are no longer a challenge.
And I have to say: I like these gimmicks. With the Dynamic Island, this is being introduced in many areas where it was previously not used. With Face ID, the Dynamic Island enlarges and shows the animation that you know from unlocking via Face ID. When a call is received, the Dynamic Island expands to show the caller's name and photo. If you hang up, it shrinks again and disappears into the little pill.
I think these things are small things, but they add a lot of fun to using the device.
In the keynote, Apple pointed out that app developers have the option of displaying data about their app in the Dynamic Island. For example, if an app is running in the background, it can still display information via the dynamic area, even if the user no longer has the app itself in focus.
But Apple's own apps also use the Dynamic Island diligently, so, among other things, a running timer is displayed there, as you could see on the keynote.
I think this user interface element is an absolute plus for usability. I can see how much this affects everyday life with the iPhone 14 Pro Max when I finally hold the iPhone 14 Pro Max in my hands.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.