The iPhone 14 Pro dynamic island was the main aesthetic change compared to the iPhone 13 generation (and probably the only one visible to the naked eye). It’s a dynamic notch that lets you interact more organically with applications and Siri commands. However, the 9to5Mac portal has reiterated a feature that despite the design of the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple itself is not realizing its potential (for now).
Shazam animation is not integrated
Animations for the dynamic island were one of Apple’s strengths when selling the iPhone 14 Pro. And really, they are very aesthetic and fluid. However, Apple itself doesn’t appear to be leveraging its own design capabilities through the Shazam app.
The news portal 9to5Mac focuses on the new Siri animation on iOS. A good thing because it means that the applications adapt to the new iOS. Although Shazam works as usual, it squeaks a bit aesthetically. “Siri’s Shazam animation should be a real feature for the iPhone’s dynamic island,” they comment.
And when we invoke Shazam via Siri on iPhone 14 Pro, an animation appears in the form of a box just below the dynamic island. There is therefore no box integrated, as is already the case with other applications not only from Apple but from third parties, as is the case with Google Maps for example.
You can see in the animation that the dynamic island only moves to show the indicator that the iPhone’s microphone is being used to record sound. nothing else. Both the process of identifying the song and the result are shown below. “The company could use the dynamic island on iPhone 14 pro to display Shazam animations, but that’s not happening yet. Maybe we’ll see some of that later this year in iOS 17,” they explain in 9to5Mac.
To make Shazam better, we’re making it invisible
So far, if we want to identify a song, we have to open the Shazam application or access it from the control center. Yet any successful technology tends to become invisible. But it’s not about invisibility as such. Rather, the same function goes unnoticed and requires no interactions to work correctly.
Along those same lines, José Adorno mentions in the same article that “According to a recent report, Apple has also been working on a new way to use Shazam to automatically detect songs ringing around you”. “It’s not yet clear when Apple will introduce this ‘Auto Shazam’ feature, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it in action,” he says.
Seeing an automatic Shazam feature would certainly be a step forward in terms of song recognition. But at the same time it also makes you think, and from La Manzana Mordida we would like to ask the following question: are we facing a new type of train music recognition algorithms without us realizing it and making this learning and improvement of the technology itself “invisible”? Only time can tell.