The iPhone 14 Pro series comes with the brand new pill shaped cutout, and a Dynamic Island software experience to go with it. While the new Dynamic Island supports apps, system notifications, now playing UIs, and ongoing calls, there’s a lot of scope to play around with it as well. So, if you’re looking for some fun ways to use the Dynamic Island, here are the 3 cool apps to use with Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Cool Dynamic Island Apps You Should Try Right Now
Since the iPhone 14 Pro is just getting into users’ hands, there aren’t a lot of apps that make unique use of the feature. However, there are some really cool Dynamic Island apps that you should check out.
1. Dynamic Notch: Wallpaper App
If you’re bored of looking at the Dynamic Island on your iPhone home screen, this is the perfect app for you. It’s a free app, that lets you customise the look of your iPhone 14 Pro’s island. There are a lot of really cool designs as you can see in the screenshots below.
You can turn your island into a dog, or show a skyline on top of it to make it look super interesting. What’s more, these are just the free ones within the app. You can make a one-time purchase of $2.99 (~₹269) to unlock all the designs within the app. It’s a great way to make your iPhone 14 Pro stand out from the crowd of dynamic islands out there.
2. Hit the Island
Hit the Island is a fun game that uses the tried and tested ‘Pong’ and turns it into a fun little game against your iPhone’s pill cutout. Basically, you have a paddle here that you can move around to hit the ball. Every time the ball hits the pill, you get a point, and after every 10 points, the speed of the ball increases. Sometimes, the ball will even split into two, and over time, the paddle shrinks as well. The game gets really difficult once you cross the 30-40 point mark, so if you’re hitting anything above 45 points, you’ll likely be in the top 1% of players, as can be seen in the leaderboard.
The game is free, and the fun gameplay, coupled with the insanely good haptics, makes it a must try for iPhone 14 Pro users.
Note: Even if you have an older iPhone, you can try the game. However, instead of the pill, you will have to hit the notch to score points, which is fun as well.
3. Apollo for Reddit
Apollo is an app that most Reddit users would recognise instantly. It’s one of the best third-party Reddit clients, and brings a ton of features. Now, the developer has added a fun little Dynamic Island Zoo in the app. With this, you can “adopt” a pixel-pal animal that lives on top of your iPhone’s pill cutout. The default is a cat, but you can change it to a dog as well. What’s more, there are other animals, including a fox and an axolotl, but to use them you will have to unlock the premium version of the app.
The animals don’t just stand around on the island, by the way. As you use the app, they will walk around, sit, and even sleep (complete with ‘Zzz’ floating around to signal their slumber. It’s a fun way to use the island, without even hindering the completely wonderful app experience.
Show off the Dynamic Island with These Fun Apps
So far, these are the only three apps that have unique use-cases for the Dynamic Island. However, I’m hoping that more developers will come up with games and features that make use of the pill cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro. Personally, I think there’s a lot of scope for fun and games around the island cutout on the new iPhone, and I will update this article as more such apps come out. So make sure you check back often. By the way, what do you think about the new island on the iPhone 14 Pro series? Do you like it, or do you think its a gimmick that will cease being interesting once the novelty wears off? Let us know in the comments. Also, if you’re like me and you dislike the AOD, check out how to disable the iPhone always on display.