Developers are already having fun (and games) with iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island

A tiny cat on top of the Dynamic Island UI in Apollo app
(Image credit: Christian Selig)

Apple recently launched the iPhone 14 series of phones, and the iPhone 14 Pro comes with a new notch replacement. Apple is bundling the pill-shaped cut-out with a new interface it's calling Dynamic Island. It's a nice take on building an interface around a display cut-out and unifies some of the pop-up interfaces in iOS that have been scattered for a while.

It looks like developers are already having fun with Dynamic Island, building fun interfaces, and even full games around it. For now, this includes the popular Reddit app Apollo, and a brand new game inspired by Pong.

Add a tiny pet to your Dynamic Island, or play a game of Pong with it

The first clever implementation comes from Apollo, one of the most popular Reddit apps out there. It has added a new feature called Pixel Pals, which will let you keep a tiny pet on top of Dynamic Island while using the app. The options include a cat, a dog, a hedgehog, a fox, and an axolotl.

Apollo isn't leaving out other iPhone users, either. You can get these Pixel Pals as a lock screen widget as well if you're running iOS 16.

The other instance is a game called Hit the Island, which is based on the popular game, Pong. You get a paddle you can control, with a ball bouncing between it and the Dynamic Island, giving you points every time you hit it. It's a fun little game to kill time, quite like the dinosaur game in Google Chrome.

The game will even multiply the balls to add more fun to it, as you keep playing. Hit the Island is currently available on the App Store. The Apollo update is also out right now and should be available to download on all of Apple's best iPhones running iOS 16.

Palash Volvoikar

Palash has been a technology and entertainment journalist since 2013. Starting with Android news and features, he has also worked as the news head for Wiki of Thrones, and a freelance writer for Windows Central, Observer, MakeUseOf, MySmartPrice, ThinkComputers, and others. He also worked as a writer and journalist for Android Authority, covering computing, before returning to freelancing all over town.