They create a surprise with Dynamic Island

Seeing photos of the new iPhone 14 Pros is one thing, but holding them in your hands is another. We haven’t had that chance yet, but others have. We present you a press review of the best publications.

iPhone 14 Pro // Source: Tech Radar

If the iPhone 14 is relatively weak in new features, at least compared to the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, this is not the case with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. These new iPhones represent the biggest iPhone redesign since Apple introduced the notch in the iPhone X. After their announcement and while waiting to receive them in the editorial office, we reviewed the handiwork published by our brothers and sisters.

Apple’s Speaker Island

Let’s go straight to the most interesting innovation of the iPhone 14 Pro. If you follow along, the notch has been replaced by a pill. And to get us through the pill, Apple “created the concept” Dynamic islandor dynamic island. You have contextual information around this pill based on the app you’re using or information about notifications from other apps.

A small display of the dynamic island replaces the notch. #AppleEvent

— Numerama (@Numerama) September 7, 2022

For example, the dynamic name can display the artwork for the music you’re starting. It also integrates with the Clock app for things like a stopwatch and timer. There was integration with Apple Maps for navigation information, support for live activities for real-time notifications, and more.

Nicolas Lellouche was able to test Dynamic island and seems very impressed by Apple’s work:

But thanks to the ingenuity of the software teams, Apple managed to turn it into something really cool, which is already unanimous. This is a small skill that can make all manufacturers who offer a camera cut out of the screen (“shock”), such as Samsung, Google, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo or OnePlus, jealous.


We also appreciate the ability to tap Dynamic Island for a few seconds to open a larger popup, for example to access playback controls. How does this tactile aspect work? Still, Apple is smart. The island is only an illusion. In fact, there is a piece of the screen that always remains black in the middle and two small bumps. Since there is a screen in between, touching the island causes a reaction.

Same story The Verge : “ Dynamic Island is a big change for the iPhone 14 Pro, and changing its shape seems like a fun way to make better use of the notch area. “.

By playing with contrast, we see that there are two signs. Apple turned off the pixels between the two holes // Source: Numerama

Interactions seem numerous and complex, we are far from the first flawed version.

Apple’s Dynamic Island interface also works very well. For example, I had a song on Apple Music. When I exited the app, the cutout had a small waveform on one side and a mini thumbnail with album art on the other. When I tapped the speaker island, I was immediately taken to a song in the Apple Music app. – CNET

TechRadar also welcomes this integration: “It’s a really cool feature, and Apple has pulled off a surprise, turning it from an eyesore while navigating the phone to something actually useful. “.

Always Apple special

Another remarkable innovation Always. In this regard, Apple takes advantage of the consumption-controlled OLED display by adding LTPO. This technology offers a dynamic refresh rate. Here, it develops from 10 to 120 Hz when using a smartphone, and can drop to 1 Hz when the screen is in standby mode. 1 Hz means that the screen refreshes once per second, which allows to reduce consumption.

iPhone 14 Pro Always On
iPhone 14 Pro and its Always On mode // Source: The Verge

Therefore, Apple provides a screen saver that continuously displays information even when the smartphone is locked. Indeed, this is a technology that already exists in the Android world.

Numbers Note directly that the behavior is very different from what we know on Android. Here, the content is simply hidden, the displayed information does not change.

What to think? Honestly, it’s disturbing. We looked at whether the feature can be customized in the settings, and the only option offered is to turn it off. Do you want to see wallpaper all day even if you don’t use your device for a few hours? We’ll have to test the iPhone 14 Pro for a longer period of time to find out. At first glance, the answer seems to be no. But maybe we will change our mind. – Number

The Verge it seems a little more optimistic, especially thanks to the use of widgets:

Always on works by showing information widgets on the screen without turning it on. Weather, calendar information, etc. you can check. It looks great and the wallpapers even darken to match the Always On mode. It works with whatever wallpaper you’re using, and according to an Apple spokesperson, it’s optimized to highlight faces when a face is detected. (to use Face ID at night).

A nice development at first glance

It is difficult to form an opinion about all the innovations in twenty minutes. We cannot test performance, photography, video, or even less autonomy.

No doubt after reading all these gripes, Apple has put a lot of effort into improving this generation of iPhone Pro. As we mentioned in this article, this iOS smartphone looks more and more worthy of the “Pro” name. It has been criticized for its fundamentally unchanged design, but all media applaud the smartly integrated innovations.

The camera improvements are on par with the iPhone Pro Max range, but we’ll certainly win with the low-light performance as well as the new Activity mode. – Technical radar

Overall, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max look as solid as the previous generation, with some nice improvements under the hood, especially for the camera.– The Verge


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