The iPhone 14’s best new feature has already been copied by Android
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Apple unveiled its latest line-up of devices during its big ‘Far Out’ event last week with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max getting an all-new upgrade called the Dynamic Island. This clever interactive notch is able to change its shape and size allowing users to answer calls, see timers and even view what music is being played without launching any apps.
The Dynamic Island is an exciting blend of hardware and software, which iPhone fans will get to try out for the first time when the iPhone 14 line-up hits shelves on Friday, September 16.
It’s an exciting release, but ahead of the iPhone 14 arriving in stores, one Android developer has already managed to copy it… well, kind of.
Before the first retail iPhone 14 gets into fans’ hands, a Dynamic Island-style feature has already appeared on a Chinese-made Xiaomi phone.
As highlighted on Twitter by TechDroider founder Vaibhav Jain, a newly created theme for Xiaomi phones – called Grumpy UI – is able to offer Dynamic Island-style context-sensitive notifications.
Only a short video was revealed of this Android imitation in action, but it showed the Dynamic Island copycat displaying information like messages and details on the music being played.
The developers of the theme have said it is still under review by Xiaomi, but if it does get approved it will be available on the MIUI Themes store.
Sadly for anyone in the UK that likes the look of it, this Android update is only available in one language – Chinese.
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Throughout the years, many innovations Apple pioneered have made their way from iPhones to Android devices, including dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack to focus on wireless headphones, as well as helping to popularise the notch.
But whether Android phones by and large imitate Dynamic Island going forward remains to be seen.
Dynamic Island helps mask how intrusive pill-shaped notches can be and uses it as the basis of some exciting software features. But since Android devices these days mainly have pin-hole selfie cameras – which aren’t as intrusive – it may feel like a feature that Android flagships won’t really benefit from.
iPhone 14 Pro @ Three
For a limited time, Three is offering HALF PRICE bills on its iPhone 14 Pro preorder plans for the first six months of your new contract. You’ll also enjoy unlimited 5G data and access to Three+ for discounted cinema tickets each month and free food and drink from high street chains!
5G: Yes | Mobile data allowance: Unlimited | Calls and text messages: Unlimited | Free EU roaming: No | Upfront cost: £70 | Contract length: 24 months | Total cost: £1,603
iPhone 14 Pro @ O2
O2 is one of the only mobile networks that has refused to reintroduce the dreaded EU roaming charges following Brexit. In fact, you can use your calls, text messages and 4G / 5G data in 75 countries worldwide as standard. You’ll also get Apple Music for free for 6-months and Prime Video for 3-months at no cost too!
5G: Yes | Mobile data allowance: 150GB | Calls and text messages: Unlimited | Free EU roaming: Yes | Upfront cost: £30 | Contract length: 24 months for mobile plan, 36 months for device | Total cost: £1,853.4
iPhone 14 Pro @ Sky Mobile
Sky Mobile is the perfect choice for anyone with Sky Q or Sky Glass at home as Sky-branded apps will not count towards your monthly 5G data allowance – so you can stream boxsets, movies and sports from Sky Go without using any data. For a limited time, Sky will double the amount of 5G data – so you’ll get 12GB for the price of 6GB!
5G: Yes | Mobile data allowance: 12GB | Calls and text messages: Unlimited | Free EU roaming: No | Upfront cost: £0 | Contract length: 24 months for mobile plan, 36 months for device | Total cost: £1,524
iPhone 14 Pro @ EE
EE is never the most affordable option, but it does boast one of the most reliable, widespread, and fastest 4G and 5G networks available in the UK. Expect downloads to your handset at 100Mbps …for comparison, the average home broadband speed in the UK currently sits at 70Mbps
5G: Yes | Mobile data allowance: Unlimited | Calls and text messages: Unlimited | Free EU roaming: No | Upfront cost: £30 | Contract length: 24 months | Total cost: £1,950
iPhone 14 Pro @ Vodafone
Vodafone is the only network that will buy back your iPhone 14 for a guaranteed price next year (if you want to upgrade to the latest model), it also offers free battery checks and replacements within the first three years …so you’ll never need to pack an external battery pack on longer journeys!
5G: Yes | Mobile data allowance: 6GB | Calls and text messages: Unlimited | Free EU roaming: No | Upfront cost: £49 | Contract length: 24 months for mobile plan, 36 months for device | Total cost: £1,573
iPhone 14 Pro @ Virgin Mobile
Virgin Media O2 doesn’t charge extra fees to use your text messages, calls, or 5G data abroad when visiting Europe. It also rolls-over unused 5G data, so you can quickly build up a reserve before holidays away from Wi-Fi!
5G: Yes | Mobile data allowance: 5GB | Calls and text messages: Unlimited | Free EU roaming: Yes | Upfront cost: £0 | Contract length: 24 months for mobile plan, 36 months for device | Total cost: £1,428
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