In a recent interview, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi speaks and Apple Vice President of Human Interface Design Alan Dye on the new Dynamic Island of the iPhone 14 Pro (here our review of the iPhone 14 Pro Max).
Federighi and Dye talk about Dynamic Island
It’s been almost four weeks since Apple introduced the new iPhone 14 Pro. Alan Dye, the company’s designer and responsible for the design of the Dynamic Island, was on stage for the keynote speech. Dye and Federighi now have the Japanese Axis Magazine gave an interview and went into more detail about the new Dynamic Island.
First of all, Apple’s software boss said that the Dynamic Island represents the biggest overhaul of the user experience since the iPhone X.
It’s probably the first major operational change in five years since the iPhone X came out. Five years ago, with the iPhone X, we lost the home button. As a result, various iPhone operation methods were fundamentally checked, e.g. Such as unlocking the lock screen, returning to the home screen, and switching apps. This new feature also changed the look and feel of the iPhone, making me reconsider how to run multiple apps and notifications, and how to manage ongoing behavior in the background. It was a very exciting challenge for us to consolidate what is happening on our iPhone into this small interactive place.
Dye indicated in the interview that the Dynamic Island blurs the line between the end of the hardware and the beginning of the software on the “iPhone”. The Dynamic Island is an example of “Apple-specific development”.
On the one hand, our hardware and software partners come together in the same studio to solve the problem together. This new feature also made it possible to view real-time alerts, notifications and ongoing operations without seeing the boundary between hardware and software. I think it’s a good example of Apple specific development.
How did the idea of the Dynamic Island come about? Dye replied as follows
At Apple, it’s very difficult to trace the source of ideas. Because our work is based on a large discussion with different groups of people. However, one of those discussions was that if the sensor area on the screen could be made smaller, what could be done with the excess space. It’s not an argument that’s come out in the last year or so, but it’s one of the issues that’s been debated for many years.
Federighi noted that during the iPhone 14 Pro keynote at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater, there was an audible sense of surprise when Dynamic Island was unveiled for the first time. He said he had the same reaction when he first saw the Dynamic Island internally. “Personally, I felt like there was a new life-saving identity on my ‘iPhone,'” Federighi said. “It’s a very delicate animation effect, but it’s a little different from anthropomorphism, but I think it brought a new strong personality and vitality to the iPhone.”
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