The Live Activities feature on the iPhone isn’t brand new, but with the release of the iPhone 15, there are now more devices that can use it. This is thanks to the Dynamic Island, which has made its way from the iPhone Pro models to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
Live Activities are essentially notifications that appear on your iPhone’s lock screen. They show important information about things that are constantly changing, like package deliveries, sports scores, or timers. This way, you can quickly see what’s going on, such as how close your delivery is, without unlocking your phone.
With the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 15, Live Activities updates can also appear at the top of your screen. So, the cutout on your screen becomes more than just a place for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors. With this feature coming to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, more people can experience Live Activities in a new way.
We’ve taken a look at some apps in the App Store that make use of Live Activities. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, these 15 apps give you an idea of how Live Activities can work with the lock screen and Dynamic Island to provide quick and useful information.
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Spotify’s Dynamic Island support allows you to control your music without opening the app. You can play, pause, skip, or AirPlay your music right from the island on your screen.
Uber’s app supports Live Activities and uses the Dynamic Island to show you real-time updates about your ride, including its location and details.
3. United Airlines
United Airlines’ integration with Live Activities keeps you informed about your flight with gate details, seat numbers, and a countdown to departure right on your lock screen.
Structured is a day planner app that displays your tasks and calendar items on your lock screen or Dynamic Island with a countdown timer.
Flighty is a flight tracking app that provides information about your flight, including delays and weather forecasts, on your lock screen or Dynamic Island.
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6. Smart Gym
Smart Gym lets you track your workouts with Live Activities, including timers and exercise guidance, all accessible from your lock screen.
Wakeout helps you stay active during the workday and uses Live Activities to display a countdown timer on your lock screen.
8. Carrot Weather
Carrot Weather offers a Rain Starting Soon Live Activity that alerts you about incoming rain, with a rain chart for tracking.
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Grocery helps you make shopping lists and features a countdown timer for recipes, all visible on your lock screen or Dynamic Island.
10. Just Press Record
Just Press Record makes it easy to record audio memos, and Live Activities provide quick controls for recording on your lock screen.
11. Sports Alerts
Sports Alerts keeps you updated on sports scores with Live Activities, allowing you to see score changes without unlocking your phone.
12. Tide Guide
Tide Guide displays tidal information and solunar charts on your lock screen or Dynamic Island with Live Activities.
MoneyCoach helps you manage your finances, and Live Activities show transaction details and spending comparisons on your lock screen.
Lumy tracks sunrises and sunsets for photographers and videographers, with Live Activities showing this information on your lock screen or Dynamic Island.
Citymapper provides navigation assistance, and Dynamic Island support ensures your routes are visible and accessible from your home screen.