What we can learn from Apple's Dynamic Island

Written by

Ezra Immanuel

Date

September 12, 2022

Last night it happened again. Apple's annual announcement of their new products. What really made us jump out of our seats was the new feature of the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Island. A unique example of how a well-thought-out UI can solve hardware obstacles.

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Nowadays we are so used to working with fixed screen sizes which make designing interfaces as easy as possible. The danger of this is that hardware obstacles are so amplified because the fixed screen sizes see the limitations of the hardware as a hard line. Apple proved us wrong.

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What is the Dynamic Island?
By embracing the combination of both hardware and software Apple has created an extension of the user interface, instead of leaving the Island to be dead space. It acts as a one-stop shop for all notifications, ongoing activities and other crucial information ready at a glance. Making it an integral part of the UI acts as a solution to further Apple's goals at blurring the lines between hardware and software.

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Apple shows (again) that if we take a step back and look at how we deal with the UX problems (in this case combined with hardware), we can actually work together with hardware instead of drawing direct conclusions based on today's design principles or "why re-invent the wheel".

Innovation strikes again!

Find out more about Apple's Dynamic Island.

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