In a recent review of Apple’s flagship smartphone, tech blogger Marques Brownlee listed all the scenarios for using the notch in the Dynamic Island screen – the long-awaited iPhone notch update.

System notifications

  • incoming call;
  • connecting AirPods;
  • face ID;
  • Apple Pay;
  • CarKey (unlocking car doors with iPhone);
  • unlock Apple Watch;
  • airdrop;
  • low battery;
  • charging connection;
  • turning the silent mode on and off;
  • operations with NFC;
  • Airplay;
  • “Focus” function;
  • “Quick commands”;
  • turning airplane mode and mobile internet on and off;
  • SIM card alerts;
  • connection of accessories;
  • enabling the “Locator” function.

Live Activity Notifications

This is what Apple calls icons that do not disappear from the screen until the action is completed.

  • current call;
  • shareplay;
  • player;
  • timer;
  • navigator “Maps”;
  • Dictaphone;
  • screen recording;
  • modem mode;
  • enabled microphone and/or camera.

Apps with player notifications

  • Spotify;
  • stitcher;
  • Audible;
  • Amazon Music;
  • NPR One;
  • overcast;
  • Pandora;
  • YouTube Music;
  • soundcloud.

Call notification apps

  • whatsapp;
  • Google Voice;
  • Instagram*;
  • Skype.

Also in the upcoming version of iOS 16.1, the interactive screen cutout will support the Live Activities API, a notification system that will allow app developers to control notifications.

Users who have already managed to hold the iPhone 14 Pro in their hands note the incredible smoothness of the Dynamic Island animations. For example, if you exit the Clock app with the timer turned on, the recorded time will instantly be displayed on the notch. A long press on the Dynamic Island interactive area opens an application widget through which you can control the player, calls and other functions.

*Activities of Meta Platforms Inc. and its social networks Facebook and Instagram are prohibited in the territory of the Russian Federation.

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