It's taken a lot longer than many would have liked but the Uber Eats is finally going to support an iOS 16 feature that's been around since late 2022.
While the Uber app already supports Live Activities as well as the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island, it's only now that the Uber Eats app is getting in on the act. Live Activities support was already available to a limited number of testers, but the feature is now rolling out to anyone who wants to use it.
The new feature will reportedly become available to everyone over the next week or so, but you'll need to have the latest version of the Uber Eats app installed from the App Store in order to use it.
Better late than never
Live Activities support will mean that people will see real-time tracking and updating of their order, doing away with the need for the app to send multiple push notifications throughout the course of the order — a new one arriving whenever something changes.
All iOS 16-compatible iPhones will be able to use the Live Activities portion of the feature, while those who have Apple's best iPhones will also see Uber Eats make use of the Dynamic Island for the first time. Those iPhone 14 Pro owners who also have their Always-On Display enabled will see their Live Activity at all time as well.
In the case of the Uber Eats app, MacRumors reports that users can expect to see information like the driver's name, their photo, their expected time of arrival, and more.
More and more apps are now taking advantage of Live Activities, although it isn't clear why it's taken so long.
If you aren't yet seeing the updated order tracking system, hang fire. Hopefully the next time you place an order you'll be treated to Live Activities support as well.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Literally just used Ubie for my pizza order tonight and saw the live activity out-of-the-blue for the first time... I was shook, and it has now changed the game on waiting for food 😋Reply