Apple redesigns its “notch” for the iPhone 14 Pro, which is now a punch-hole pill called Dynamic Island. In years past, Apple’s notch has been made fun of by the tech community, but it was clear that their new design would be quickly adopted. realme wants to implement its own version of Dynamic Island called MagDart (a play on Apple’s MagSafe). Have Chinese manufacturers also become uncreative?
The Dynamic Island: Apple makes a virtue out of necessity
As mentioned at the beginning, iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max owners are now residents of the “ Dynamic Island ”. For the first time, the models featured a 48 megapixel main camera sensor, an always-on display, accident detection, the new Apple Bionic A16 processor and the well-known gimmicks such as MagSafe, iOS 16 and a 120 Hz Pro Motion Display. However, everyone is only talking about the archipelago at the top of the screen. Why? Apple has made a virtue of necessity here .
The dynamic island consists of the infrared technology for FaceID and the new 12 megapixel front camera . Theoretically, there is space between the two elements, but Apple darkens the pixels in between, thanks to the OLED panel. Due to the very fluid animations, the island somehow feels alive. If you just press it like that, it moves slightly. If you close an app like Music or Spotify, it will be stranded on the island, for example the cover artwork and a waveform will be displayed in the color of the cover. If you have the music app in the background and, for example, a timer at the same time, the island gets bigger.
This can prove itself in everyday life as a kind of taskbar , with which you can also quickly switch between the background apps. Of course, with a 6.7″ iPhone 14 Pro Max, the ergonomics suffer a bit, but it is definitely smart. Especially in the sense that Apple is changing things with it and doing something that no other Android manufacturer has done before, except maybe LG with the V10 in a rudimentary form. Although EVERY other manufacturer has installed a similar punch-hole front camera in the last three years. The Dynamic Island can also be just a gimmick for some and it is not the greatest innovation . But a unique, different and creative approach.
In a way, LG provided a template.
realme island: just your brazen copy?
Given that rivals keep comparing themselves to Apple, look for areas where they may improve and portray Apple as lacking in innovation. It just took about two weeks for the first company to announce their own island formally. Strictly speaking, it all started earlier, when developers created an unofficial MIUI theme with a Dynamic Island implementation. This even prompted Redmi CEO Lu Weibing to ask people on Weibo whether they needed the Smart Island.
Users are also important to the realme Island. They’ve already attempted to replicate or mimic an Apple “breakthrough” with MagDart, but thus far no implementation has been realized. You now go to the realme island and ask users for their suggestions for such a program implementation. As a consequence, a sort of contest is organized in the community forum, in which three winners are chosen based on “originality, comprehensiveness, and feasibility.”
Too many copies, too little new
Apparently, Realme does not yet have a concrete plan on how to implement this for realme smartphones. They want it though, that seems clear. No question, Android and iOS have been stealing from each other for generations. Apple itself is only now offering an always-on display, which Android manufacturers have had for years. But it also differs visibly from the competition, even if that’s not necessarily better. But it is significant that the Chinese manufacturers are now apparently taking a hasty shot to take the hype about the Dynamic Island with them.
The development at Apple, on the other hand, seems to be much more sustainable and the Dynamic Island will probably soon migrate to every device, the iPhone 14 Pro should only be the test run. I actually thought that the times of Apple copying are over. I still remember all the X models after the iPhone X, but apparently there will be dozens of islands on Android devices soon.
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