The new notch on the iPhone 14 Pro has become really useful. Just look what he can do


Perhaps the main iPhone 14 Pro innovation from a design point of view, the bangs were abandoned in favor of a less expressive (at first glance) neckline, which received the name Dynamic Island. Translating literally, we are talking about a kind of “dynamic island”, which changes depending on the use cases. Today we will answer all questions related to notch in iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max: how does it differ from the classic bangs, what functions does it perform, why in the basic iPhone 14 no Dynamic Island, and when the notchless iPhone finally arrives.

Bangs on iPhone

How did Apple even get to the point of being forced to offer people who want buy iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, a pill called Dynamic Island? It all started back in 2017 when introduced iPhone X. In pursuit of framelessness, Apple abandoned the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, being afraid to place under screen scanner, as many competitors had done by that time. And the upper frame was partially removed, leaving a unibrow in the middle, containing:

  • infrared camera;
  • infrared emitter;
  • point projector;
  • proximity sensor;
  • light sensor;
  • front camera;
  • microphone;
  • speaker.

The first 3 components are used to work Face ID features, which replaced TouchID. Memorize them, because they are an integral part of notch iPhone 14 Pro, but the set of remaining elements is very different. And before we get to the “pill” or, for that matter, Dynamic Island, let’s take a look at how Apple managed to reduce the bangs by 20% last year. iPhone 13. To do this, take a look at the comparison of the insides of a monobrow iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

To reduce bangs Apple company moved the speaker up, and also combined the infrared emitter and the dot projector into one component. A cutout iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max became even narrower than the unibrow in the iPhone 12.

Notch in iPhone 14 Pro

Despite the fact that the network still does not have a complete iPhone 14 Pro disassemblyinformation from Apple presentations on September 7 quite enough to understand the engineering discoveries of Californian geniuses. They managed to bring 3 components of the cutout (front camera, IR camera and dot projector) closer to each other by moving the island down, and the thickness of the upper frame was enough to accommodate the speaker there.

But where did the sensors go? Apple itself says that proximity sensor in iPhone 14 Pro placed below the screen. This is far from a new solution. Many manufacturers of Android devices resort to it, and sometimes this leads to the appearance of frank jambs. Yes, the owners Xiaomi smartphones constantly complain about the disgusting work of the sub-screen (or absent at all?) Proximity sensor, because of which, during a call, the user continually presses his cheek on the microphone or speakerphone off button. Before launch of iPhone 14 Pro sales and 14 Pro Max can only hope that the same fate will not befall Apple gadgets.

In addition to placing individual sensors under the screen, there is an opinion that the engineers from Cupertino installed the dot projector not directly under the cutout, but perpendicular to it, that is, as if at an angle. This is partly evidenced by the recent Apple patent, according to the concept of which the direction of infrared light is changed using a prism. However, it will be possible to confirm or refute this hypothesis only after full iPhone 14 Pro disassembly.

But what do we have from the point of view of an ordinary user? The dynamic island turned out albeit more compact bangs iPhone 13, but it still stands out from similar solutions of competitors from the Android world, since with the existing Face ID, Apple cannot completely get rid of the infrared camera and the dot projector with a combined IR emitter. As a result, the notch is still large, and while watching the video, it will clearly disturb the peace of the perfectionist. How about you?

Why you need Dynamic Island

Since Apple engineers failed to make a truly minimalistic cutout, marketers, along with the department working on the user interface, had to rack their brains to somehow justify the design innovation, which at first will seem to someone less aesthetic than the already familiar bang.

iOS interface comes into direct contact with Dynamic Island, complementing it. In addition, Apple talks about helping app developers. According to Alan Dai, they can easily adapt their software to the island. Let’s take a look at a few options for using it.

These examples say nothing about the interactivity of the pill. However, if you look closely at the details Apple commercials, dedicated to Dynamic Island, you can see that the cutout is sensitive to touch. Clicking on it allows you to expand the notification by enlarging the window.

True, there is no magic in this. In fact, there is enough free space between the front and IR cameras to place a piece of the screen with a touch layer there. In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro has 2 cutouts, and they are combined programmatically for the purpose of greater aesthetics.

Same [объединение] comes from notches on Android smartphoneswith two front cameras. One, albeit elongated, island looks more aesthetically pleasing than several such holes. It’s better without them, but, firstly, more or less everyone is used to bangs and will get used to the “pill”. Secondly, Apple, which proclaimed Face ID as a brilliant technology in 2017, cannot return to Touch ID under the screen, thereby admitting its defeat in the battle with the conglomerate. Android manufacturers. Therefore, the prospects of completely abandoning the notch remain vague, and replacing the bangs with Dynamic Island should not be perceived by you as an evolutionary step towards a clean display.

Difference between iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

Comparison of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro deserves a separate material, but it will still be necessary to partially touch on this topic. The base model, unlike the Pro version, remained with the usual bangs. In this regard, it is reasonable to ask – why? As we well remember, last year the bangs decreased on all models from the iPhone 13 mini to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and its compactness did not become the prerogative of the “bugs”. Is Apple testing a new marketing distinction this year so you have one more reason to buy iPhone 14 Pro? Most likely, the way it is, but the company itself explains it differently.

New chipset Apple A16 Bionic received only the Pro versions, while the base models stayed with last year’s A15 Bionic. According to Greg Joswiak, who Apple presentations on September 7 was appointed by Mr. Cook as the head of the iPhone 14 Pro, the system-on-a-chip received a Display Engine coprocessor at its disposal, which is responsible for displaying various elements of the system on the display. Allegedly, thanks to him Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max seamlessly integrates into iOS interface and accompanied by animation.

Another merit of the Display Engine is the support for the function Always-On-Display on iPhone 14 Pro, but here I’m already losing any connection between the super-mega-revolutionary co-processor and a feature that has been available on Android for about 10 years, and first appeared back in 2009 on the Nokia N86. In a word, Greg Joswiak’s explanation sounds unconvincing, but we, of course, will not argue with him. Let’s just agree with the geniuses from Cupertino that Dynamic Island is not a dubious engineering find that made it possible to make notch iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are slightly smaller, but an innovative interface element that you will enjoy every day (no).

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