With the new iPhones now in the hands of customers, we thought we would take a deeper look at the Dynamic Island, how it works, and what it does.

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We knew that Apple was working on an alternative to the notch that incorporated a pill-shaped cutout and a hole punch cutout for the TrueDepth camera hardware, but what we didn't know was the clever way that Apple has integrated this new space into the iPhone.

The Dynamic Island has become a kind of front-and-center information hub due to the merging of it into one pill shaped area. It can show you Maps directions, confirm Apple Pay payments, and many other things.

  • Expanded into a large rectangle to show upcoming Maps directions without having to open the Maps app.
  • Displaying Maps directions in a smaller pill-shaped interface for when you just need a quick glance at the next turn.
  • Square shaped for an ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ payment confirmation.
  • Showing a music waveform and time remaining on a song that's playing.
  • Tracking the time of arrival of a Lyft.
  • Displaying privacy indicators when the microphone or camera is in use.
  • Displaying a small bar with the phone icon and the length of the phone call.
  • Displaying an AirDrop interface when transferring files.
  • Showing a timer.
  • Keeping track of sports scores.
  • Accessing music controls and a music player.
  • Showing AirPods connection status and battery life.
  • Displaying ‌‌iPhone‌‌ charging status and battery life.
  • Low battery alerts.
  • Turning the ‌iPhone‌'s silent mode on or off.

The Dynamic Island works with Live Activities, and you can test it out with the Timer and live sports if you are running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. There will be live activities in the new version of the app. We can expect innovative apps that take advantage of the new interface because developers can create experiences for the Dynamic Island too.

You can interact with the Dynamic Island content by pressing to get to a widget for expanded controls or by tapping on it.

When multiple functions are displayed at the same time, the Dynamic Island splits into a larger pill-shaped area and a smaller circular area so you can see them all at once. The standard Dynamic Island interface allows you to swap between them.

Don't forget to watch our video to see Dynamic Island in action with all kinds of apps and functions, and if you have an iPhone 14 Pro, please let us know what you think of the new interface.