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Apple is reportedly exploring the integration of Siri’s on-screen interface into the Dynamic Island on newer iPhones. This news comes from an anonymous source who has been sharing details about alleged new features coming in iOS 17.
At present, when a user invokes Siri with a button press or a “Hey Siri” spoken command, an animated sphere appears at the bottom of the screen. The sphere remains overlaid on the screen while the virtual assistant listens, and any details relevant to the request are displayed at either the top or bottom of the screen in the form of a card, with background content dimmed.
Moving the Siri UI to Dynamic Island would allow onscreen content to remain in full view. Dynamic Island is an area on the iPhone’s home screen that dynamically displays widgets, including weather, calendar events, and more. Originally, the Siri interface would take over the entire screen whenever the user interacted with the virtual assistant, but Apple made this optional in iOS 14 when it adopted the current, more compact interface.
According to the anonymous leaker, Apple is presently testing the Dynamic Island version of Siri, but “may or may not go with” it. However, “many more” notifications are reportedly coming to the pill-shaped interface. It is expected that Apple will expand the Dynamic Island to all four iPhone 15 models this year.
This move by Apple could be a significant step in enhancing the user experience of Siri. By allowing onscreen content to remain in full view, users will be able to interact with the virtual assistant without having to switch between screens or pause their current activity. Additionally, this could make Siri more visually appealing and seamless to use, making it a more integral part of the iPhone experience.
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While this news is exciting for iPhone users, it’s important to remember that these are just rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, if Apple does decide to integrate Siri’s on-screen interface into Dynamic Island, it will undoubtedly be a significant step forward in the evolution of the iPhone’s user interface. We’ll have to wait and see what Apple has in store for us with iOS 17.