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Apple is reportedly planning to bring the Dynamic Island feature from the iPhone 14 Pro to all four iPhone 15 models this year, marking the first time the feature will be available outside the “Pro” series, according to multiple rumors and reports.
Dynamic Island was introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and replaced the notch that was found on previous iPhone models. Located around the pill-shaped cut-out at the top of the iPhone’s display, the Dynamic Island blends and adapts in real-time to show alerts, notifications, and activities, turning the cut-out into part of the core iPhone experience.
The Dynamic Island always remains at the top of the iPhone’s display, with ongoing background activities such as Maps, Music, or a timer remaining visible and interactive. Third-party apps in iOS 16 that provide information like sports scores and ride-sharing with Live Activities can take advantage of Dynamic Island as well.
Dynamic Island support is built into core iOS features, with the feature morphing from its fixed state to show different information on-screen. For example, when connecting AirPods to the iPhone 14 Pro, Dynamic Island will show that the earbuds have been connected. When on a FaceTime Audio call, Dynamic Island will change its appearance to represent a call UI, and when setting a timer, Dynamic Island will again change its appearance to show different information on-screen.
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While Dynamic Island was exclusive to the high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, reports suggest that all four iPhone 15 models will likely include the feature beginning this year. Respected reporter Mark Gurman claimed last month that Apple was intending to expand the island to all four iPhone 15 models in the fall, and new leaked iPhone 15 CAD models suggest that the Dynamic Island will be available for the first time not just on the “Pro” series devices.
In addition to featuring the Dynamic Island, the regular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is expected to gain USB-C support, a new display size of 6.2 inches for the iPhone 15, and more.