Dynamic Island Only Visible in iPhone 14 Pro Screenshots When Being Used

A key new feature of iPhone 14 Pro models is the Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped area that replaces the notch on previous models. Aided by software, the Dynamic Island morphs into different shapes and sizes for things such as incoming phone calls, alerts, notifications, Face ID authentication, timers, and more. Dynamic Island will also integrate with Live Activities in third-party apps starting later this year.

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One smaller detail that we have now confirmed is that the Dynamic Island is only visible in screenshots taken on iPhone 14 Pro models while it is being used by apps, or when the camera/microphone indicator dots are active. The screenshot shows the entire Dynamic Island, including any added elements, such as a circular timer icon.

On the other hand, the Dynamic Island does not appear in screenshots when it is completely inactive. In this case, the screenshot simply shows the wallpaper behind the Dynamic Island, which is the same screenshot behavior as on iPhones with a notch.

This approach makes sense, as when the Dynamic Island is actively being used, it contains information that could be valuable for screenshots.

According to Marques Brownlee's review of the iPhone 14 Pro models, this same behavior applies to screen recordings on the devices as well.

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contacos Avatar
23 months ago

So, a screen grab doesn't show up hardware in the resulting image.. makes sense I guess! My Studio Display doesn't show the black bezel on screen grabs either!
Reminds me of my mum sending me a screenshot of her iPhone to show me her cracked screen
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1278701 Avatar
23 months ago
So, a screen grab doesn't show up hardware in the resulting image.. makes sense I guess! My Studio Display doesn't show the black bezel on screen grabs either!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dwhittington Avatar
23 months ago
It’s more magical than any of us ever thought.
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jimthing Avatar
23 months ago

Dynamic Island on iPhone 15 will have the pill shapes on all 4 sides of the display and Apple will call it Dynamic Island ULTRA.
Dynamic Archipelago.

...doesn't quite roll off the tongue very well, does it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacMan988 Avatar
23 months ago
My iPhone has a Static Island :(
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AAPLGeek Avatar
23 months ago
Dynamic Island on iPhone 15 will have the pill shapes on all 4 sides of the display and Apple will call it Dynamic Island ULTRA.
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