The new Dynamic Island is one of the more eye-catching new features on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max – and while you won’t find it on the cheaper iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, it seems likely that the shape-shifting cutout will appear on every iPhone. iPhone 15 models.
This is according to respected analyst Ross Young (opens in new tab) (through 9to5Mac (opens in new tab)), someone with a better reputation than most when it comes to predicting what Apple will do in the future – so we’re inclined to believe it will actually happen.
However, Young says the other Pro screen upgrades – the 120Hz refresh rate and LTPO technology that allows for always-on display – are unlikely to make it to the iPhone 15 and so-called iPhone 15 Plus).
life with the island
As enabled by iOS 16, Dynamic Island expands and contracts around the physical holes of the selfie camera and front-facing sensors: it can show information about the media that is currently playing, or incoming phone calls, and much more. more (you can even use it to play games).
In comparison, the notch on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, looks a little tired in comparison. The old look also means less space in the status bar for icons and alerts.
While cheaper iPhone 15 models may receive Dynamic Island in 2023, Apple seems determined to keep a clear distinction between Pro and non-Pro models. As with the iPhone 14 series, next year’s phones are expected to be split in half when it comes to the chipset running inside them.
Analysis: goodbye notch, hello island
It makes sense for Apple to extend the Dynamic Island feature to all iPhone models: it’s clearly the path the series is taking as cameras and sensors need smaller and smaller cutouts, and this will add to the appeal of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. .
We’ve heard about the circular and pill-shaped cutouts ahead of time, but there have been no leaks on Dynamic Island – showing that when it comes to in-house software development, Apple is still pretty good at keeping secrets from the wider world.
Finally, it’s really cool – the way the island changes to show context-sensitive information that’s relevant to what you’re doing on the phone at the moment. It’s like a state-of-the-art smart notification and status system, and we’re all for it.
Expect Android phone makers to copy what Apple is doing here – in fact, the process was has begun. Like the previous notch, Dynamic Island could end up being a signature element in the phone’s UI design for a few years to come.