Dynamic Island is a breath of fresh air but…

I see some problems and some inconsistencies in the UI.

Michal Malewicz


iphone 14 pro dynamic island ui

I’ll be honest! I used to be a huge Apple fan. Watching the 2007 iPhone keynote led me to getting a jailbroken version from abroad a week after launch, as of course it wasn’t even available in my country. It was super expensive (half my salary) but it was the future!

While phones had been getting better, faster and more refined, there hasn’t really been a lot of innovation coming in the User Interfaces. Sure — things were improving steadily, but nothing as groundbraking as Twitter’s pull to refresh back in the day.

Dynamic island UI gif

Enter the Dynamic Island

Yesterday Apple has finally restored my faith in their UI prowess, but not without some caveats. Let me be clear — I love this idea and can’t wait to see it in action.

For now though, let’s talk about some issues.

Smudging the front camera in iPhone 14 pro
tapping on the camera constantly will smudge it resulting in blurry selfies.

Front facing blur?

Imagine tapping constantly around the front-facing camera to access a feature or change something. That’s what the dynamic island is for after all.

All those taps will eventually smudge your front camera, so taking a selfie will require you to either wipe it every time, or take blurry photos.

While the use of otherwise wasted space is quite cool here, the fingerprinted photos can tell a whole different story.

dynamic island reachability
For most people using the feature is impossible with just one hand.

Finger travel acciddents?

Displays get larger and larger, yet we haven’t evolved our fingers to be longer just yet. Sure — given our smartphone addiction that is bound to happen, but evolution usually works quite slow.