Apple recently seeded iOS 16.1 beta 4 to developers and beta testers. The latest beta update includes a new and more visible gray border around the iPhone 14 Pro Dynamic Island for Dark mode and black wallpapers.
Utilizing the extra space on iPhone 14 Pro status bar, Apple introduced Dynamic Island, a new interactive space to display information from apps running in the background, notifications, animations, and more.
iOS 16.1 beta 4 more pronounced gray border around Dynamic Island only visible during an activity
Dynamic Island has an all-black background design to make the animations in the space visible and the space visible in different wallpapers. However, Dynamic can be camouflaged when using black wallpapers or Dark mode because of its thin gray border.
Now, iOS 16.1 beta 4 has introduced a more pronounced gray border around the interactive space to make the space stand out but it only shows when there is an activity on Dynamic Island.
The gray border disappears when Dynamic Island is not in active use, the iPhone is unlocked or when using a colored wallpaper. As soon as users play music, start navigation, or attend an audio call, the border shows up instantly.
iOS 16.1 beta 4 also includes support for Matter and fixes. The public release of the update is expected this month with new features like “Satellite Connection Demo” for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, the ability to switch between their lock screen and home screen wallpaper combinations from the Settings app, Stage Manager is now available for 2018 and 2020 iPad models with A12X and A12Z chips, Live Activities, Freeform, Focus filter, Clean Energy Charging and more.
Reportedly, the tech giant is also preparing to release iOS 16.0.3 this month to patch remaining issues like battery drain, Mail app crashing with a specific sender email format, slow Spotlight search, lack of Cinematic Mode support for iMovie and Final Cut Pro, and others.