Why Dynamic Island is a game-changer notch

It’s both what we were hoping for and something really new.


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It’s true: Apple added a new notch to the iPhone 14 Pro. It’s both what we were hoping for and something really new. That’s why it’s a game-changer. When Apple introduced the notch on the iPhone X in 2017, few could have predicted that the company would completely transform the design only after five years.

Why Dynamic Island is a game-changer notch

New to the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) is a notch that is more than meets the eye. The extent of its adaptability and mutability is significantly wider. The notch at the top of the screen has been transformed by Apple from a static black rectangle into a pliable oval that we have taken to calling a “pill.” The redesigned notch could be something “iconic.”

A new adjustable notch: “Dynamic Island”

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Dynamic Island

Its new notch has been dubbed “Dynamic Island” by Apple. Nothing has changed, save that the oblong cutout is now floating freely on the screen rather than being attached to the screen’s edge, where the Face ID and front camera used to reside. Adapting its size to whatever is being seen on the iPhone screen, the new notch is a dynamic notch.

What Apple has created is just beyond description. But we’re going to give it a shot: When a timer is activated, the notch will separate itself to reveal the timer’s icon. As the song plays, the album cover will appear in the notch, accompanied by a little audio wave animation. The notch expands to cover the top third of the screen when using AirDrop to transfer or receive files, leaving just the bottom two-thirds of the screen available for things like FaceTime chats and music. The capabilities of the iPhone 14 Pro’s notch can only be appreciated by seeing it in action.

Also: Apple’s iPhone 14 (Pro, Plus) is finally here.

Why it’s a game-changer

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In the history of iPhones, seeing the new notch is a watershed moment. The iPhone X in 2017 was the most significant upgrade in many years. Either the notch was universally reviled or adored. It was the first to provide Face ID, an essential modern convenience. In comparison to Android rivals, who use punch-holes or fingerprint sensors beneath the panels, it was noticeable but decidedly out of style. Apple went to great lengths with the iPhone 13 by minimizing the notch. Although, precisely speaking, it’s just 20% smaller. A small adjustment that smelled like a marketing ploy.

There are two strokes of genius in the new, adjustable notch: For one, it helps to differentiate the iPhone 14 Pro from the iPhone 13 Pro, to which it bears a striking resemblance. You can’t mistake the iPhone 14 Pro for anything else because of Dynamic Island’s distinctive shape. Conversely, it provides a notch with so many new features that you’ll hardly recognize it as a notch at all. However, such assumptions can only be confirmed by first-field trials.

What Apple has revealed, though, is encouraging: the notch is becoming more than simply a necessary black bar for unlocking the lock screen in iPhone. It has become an integral component of the whole system. Apple claims that Dynamic Island is a genuine Apple invention that is hardware, software, and something in between. Dynamic Island’s goal is to be “fun and functional.” And therein is the meat of the matter: the Dynamic Island is accompanied by a new addition. Up to the release of the iPhone 13, the true magic of Face ID was hidden from the user’s eyes. But with all the other improvements, the notch alone is probably enough to convince you to upgrade to an iPhone 14 Pro.