Dynamic Island

So…I activated the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max for my wife and I and now we have the Dynamic Island. We’ve both noticed that on several occasions since Wednesday we’ll get a Dynamic Island expansion that says “In contact with” the other spouse…typically when one of us walks into the room where the other already is.

This is clearly a Dynamic Island thing and tapping it expands the other spouse’s Contacts card…but I haven’t been able to figure out what good this notification does. Any ideas why Apple thought it would be a good idea to let me know when I walk into the same room (I assume it’s actually into BT range) where my wife already was? Seems like one of those mostly useless notifications to me.

Googling provided no useful into…and while I appreciate the thought on their part…I already knew she was in the bedroom with me changing clothes.


I wonder if it does this for anybody in your Contacts. It might be useful in a public place (e.g. a convention) to let you know you’re near someone you know.

It might also be to let you know that there are people nearby that you can AirDrop content with.

Just some random speculation. I have no idea what the actual purpose of this message might be.

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Could be…that actually at least makes sense.

This sounds like something that’s been cropping up recently with the newer iterations of iPhones, iOS and MacOS: A new feature is enabled simply because it can be done, and because it can be done, Apple does it. I’ve come across a few of these which I don’t need, never thought about wanting, and are sometimes downright annoying. Some people may want some of them and are now pleased. I wish, however, that the default were “off”, which those who want it can turn “on”.

Me too…but that’s not the Apple Way. I wish a lot of the things that are default On were in an Advanced pane in Settings that one could turn on and provide more advanced users more customizable options…but as I said…not the Apple Way. Over many years I’ve learned there is the right way, the wrong way, and the Apple Way…and the latter always wins.

Could it be a security thing to alert you that some other phone in the area “knows about” your phone?

For example, let’s say you are at the mall and you get one of those messages with a name you did not know. It would be alerting you to a possible malicious connection,