Everything You Need to Know About The Dynamic Island

Apple never ceases to surprise its users when it comes to introducing innovative software functions. The iPhone 14 Pro models are no exception as they are integrated with top-notch features including the pill-shaped cut out at the top of the screen, named “Dynamic Island.”

In this article, we will shed light on what can dynamic island do, how does it work, and how you can interact with it to perform actions.

What Is Dynamic Island In iPhone 14 Pro?

It is no secret that Apple was working on an alternative to the notch that incorporated a pill-shaped cut out and a hole punch cut out to integrate the TrueDepth camera and software functions around the pill.

As Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro models now have display pixels positioned around what’s called the “Dynamic Island” that combine to form one pill-shaped area that can be resized and shaped to accommodate different types of notifications, alerts, and interactions, transforming it into an information hub of its own.

Does Dynamic Island work on all iPhone models?

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the only devices that feature Dynamic Island. The standard iPhone 14 models that includes iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus continue to have the same notch as the iPhone 13 models.

What Can I Do With iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island?

You can find a list of the many things Dynamic Island can do below:

Dynamic Island: Display Outputs and Alerts

Dynamic Island showing AirPods Pro’s remaining battery upon connection.
  • Accessories
  • AirDrop
  • Airplane mode
  • AirPlay
  • AirPods connection and battery
  • Apple Pay
  • Apple Watch unlocking
  • Alerts for Find My
  • Carkey locking/unlocking
  • Face ID authentication animation
  • Focus Mode
  • ‌iPhone‌ charging status and battery life
  • Low battery alerts
  • NFC interactions
  • Privacy indicators for microphone or camera are in use
  • Shortcut actions
  • Silent mode turned on or off
  • SIM card alerts

Dynamic Island: Background Activities

  • Timers
  • Incoming phone call and call duration
  • Live Activity
  • Personal Hotspot
  • Screen recording
  • SharePlay
  • Time remaining of currently playing song
  • Turn-by-turn Maps directions
  • Voice memo recordings

Can you interact with iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island?

Dynamic Island showing expanded media controls.

There is the option to interact with various types of content displayed in the Dynamic Island. For example, if the Dynamic Island shows something related to an app’s background activity, you can tap it to switch directly into it.

In certain cases, like when media is playing, the Dynamic Island will also display a playback control widget if you press it for a few seconds.

Furthermore, Dynamic Island allows you to display numerous background activities at the same time, such as counting down a timer or listening to music. When that happens, the island splits into a larger pill-shaped area and a smaller circular area, so you can see and interact with both activities. Dynamic Island’s standard interface allows you to switch between them and tap into them.


In summary, Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models is another impressive integration of software and hardware from Apple, and third-party developers can take advantage of its potential to bring us new and unexpected features.

Moreover, Dynamic Island will also work with Live Activities in third-party apps once iOS 16.1 is released later in 2022. So, stay tuned for more exciting features.

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