While the iPhone 14 Pro made headlines with features like the always-on display and, of course, the brand new Dynamic Island, the basic iPhone 14 was arguably something of a damp squib. Offering few tangible improvements over the 13, it's hard to recommend upgrading – but next year could be very different.
Seasoned Apple leakers have claimed that the Dynamic Island, Apple's interactive notch replacement, will hit all four iPhone 15 models next year. And if that's the case, it means the most exciting design change in years won't just be restricted to the most expensive models. (Don't fancy waiting? Check out today's best iPhone 14 deals.)
Surprises are few and far between at Apple events these days, thanks to the ever-reliable rumour mill. But the Dynamic Island was pretty unexpected – we knew the notch was likely to be replaced by a 'pill' shape, but had no idea Apple was planning to incorporate the design as a software 'feature', capable of displaying information.
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Oft-accurate Apple leaker Ross Young has claimed (above) that the feature will hit every model next year, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has backed up the idea. This year, the gulf between the Pro and standard models became wider than ever, meaning that if you want to experience the latest and greatest tech, you've got to fork out over $1000. I'd expected Apple to keep the Dynamic Island exclusive to the Pros for a couple of years at least, but if these leaks are to be believed, the feature could soon become a lot more accessible.
The feature has indeed proved popular among Apple fans. Concept artists have wasted no time in imagining what it might look like on other devices, including the iPad. That said, Dynamic Island isn't perfect – remember not to look at it under direct sunlight.
Time will tell if this high-end feature does indeed make it to the entry-level iPhone in 2023. Now, if only Apple would resurrect the iPhone mini and slap a Dynamic Island on it, then I'd be first in line. Until then, take a look at today's best iPhone 14 deals below.