The Dynamic Island injected a shot of adrenaline into what could have been a boring upgrade for the 2022 iPhone 14 Pro models. More amazingly, Apple took what had been an oft-criticized part of the modern iPhone design, the notch, and turned it into a useful tool for iPhone users, one that many were drooling over during its introduction. It is not clear whether Apple knew what it had in the Dynamic Island; on one hand, the company did keep it locked down as no leaks came close to revealing what Apple was up to.
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How a Premier League score will look on the Dynamic Island. At right, how it will look after a long press.
In addition, keep in mind that this is just the first generation of the Dynamic Island, and some of the things that users are complaining about, such as it getting in the way of the screen, will surely be improved on by Apple in time for the release of the iPhone 15 line up. In fact, earlier this month Apple announced that the Dynamic Island will receive an update in iOS 16.1 that will allow users to track their ride shares or food delivery orders right from the Dynamic Island.
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You’ll also be able to view sports scores from the Dynamic Island after the iOS 16.1 update. Regardless of the team sport, the visiting squad’s score will be on the left side of the Island with the team logo in a circle on the left. The home team’s score and logo will be on the right side. A long press will expand the size of the Island allowing it to include the inning, quarter, or period that the game is in, how much time remains in the period or quarter, possibly the number of outs for baseball, and other pertinent play-by-play information.
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How an MLB score will look on a locked iPhone 14 Pro model. Credit MacRumors
Eventually, we’d expect to see support for the Dynamic Island to show NHL scores and NFL scores as well. The ceiling is very high for the Dynamic Island and it will be interesting to see what features Apple adds to it in the future.