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iPhone 16 could shrink the Dynamic Island with under-display Face ID

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iPhone 16 could shrink the Dynamic Island with under-display Face ID
iPhone 16 Pro might show only a holepunch camera.
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The Face ID sensors reportedly will be hidden from users in next year’s iPhone 16 Pro. That would free up space for more screen area.

If true, under-display Face ID might mean that the days of the Dynamic Island are numbered, even though the feature only recently debuted in the iPhone 14 Pro.

We’re back to discuss Dynamic Island, Apple Watch Ultra and more [The CultCast]

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This week on The CultCast: Dynamic Island tips, Apple Watch Ultra ecstasy and more.
We've got Dynamic Island tips, ecstatic Apple Watch Ultra first impressions and more.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Erfon returns from his Florida vacation just in time to rave about the Apple Watch Ultra and share some tips on how to use the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Remembering Steve Jobs, who died 11 years ago this week.
  • The iPhone’s switch from Lightning to USB-C is coming sooner rather than later.
  • Are iPhone cameras really good enough to replace DSLRs?
  • Vacation talk, including how Erfon barely avoided a nasty Hurricane Ian surprise.

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

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All iPhone 15 models will include Dynamic Island

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iPhone 14 Pro wait times already stretch into October
The two "standard" iPhone 15 models will supposedly get the Dynamic Island, too.
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The highlight of the iPhone 14 Pro models is the Dynamic Island – the interactive replacement for the screen notch. It’s currently only in the most expensive iOS handsets, but those who prefer Apple’s two “standard” models reportedly won’t have to wait too long for a chance at the screen cutout.

The same apparently isn’t true for ProMotion displays.

Hidden iOS 16 features make us love it even more [The CultCast]

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Hidden iOS 16 features make us love it even more - The CultCast Apple podcast
The iOS 16 upgrade makes even old iPhones feel brand new.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: iOS 16 makes our year-old iPhones feel fresh again. And the various “hidden” features flying under the radar make the iOS 16 experience even more impressive.

Also on The CultCast:

  • We can’t wait for our first trip to the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island.
  • Is the iPhone 14/iPhone 14 Plus really a failure? (Even Steve Jobs’ daughter is dissing this year’s “upgrade” to Apple’s midrange iPhones.)
  • What to expect at Apple’s October event.

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

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Why we’re Ultra excited about iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island [The CultCast]

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Far Out event discussion Apple podcast The CultCast: Apple Watch Ultra and the Dynamic Island stole the show at the Far Out event.
Apple Watch Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island steal the show at Apple's Far Out event.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: We can’t figure out which is more exciting, the brawny new Apple Watch Ultra or the brainy new Dynamic Island. Will the rugged new smartwatch prove too big for Erfon’s skinny wrists? Or does its bold size and styling elevate it to “big enough” status?

Also on The CultCast:

  • iPhone 14 Pro is a no-brainer, thanks to a killer camera and the aforementioned Dynamic Island.
  • The “normie” iPhone 14 looks … pretty normal.
  • What is up with Apple’s iPhone color palette? Can we please get something a little edgier?!?

Brace yourself for our breathless reactions to Apple’s Far Out event — which was actually pretty far out!

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iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island looks … shockingly original?

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The Dynamic Island morphs into different sorts of notifications.
The Dynamic Island morphs into different sorts of notifications.
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At Apple’s Far Out event, the company got rid of the notch at the top of the screen in its iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models, replacing it with a smaller, pill-shaped cutout, as predicted.

More of a surprise is the functionality that comes with the cutout, which Apple calls the Dynamic Island. What the heck is it?