Dynamic Island blocks iOS header (clock, battery, etc.); need option to disable

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    Jian

    Thanks for using ATracker!

    ATracker provides data to iOS, and iOS decides how to render them. Currently, in iOS 16.1, it is impossible to disable the dynamic island. But Apple will release iOS 16.2 in December, and we heard iOS 16.2 would allow users to disable dynamic islands. Hopefully, they will also improve the rendering of the content in dynamic islands. If the issue is still not fixed in iOS 16.2, we will check with Apple on what we can do to improve it.

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    David Soergel

    Thanks for the explanation!  I look forward to iOS 16.2 improving matters.

    In the meantime, though, couldn't you (optionally) just not provide the timer data to iOS at all, by disabling your ActivityWidget completely?  (I realize that would eliminate the Live Activity on the lockscreen too; that seems fine to me).  And/or, you could adjust what information you provide in ActivityProperties.  For instance, you could provide the task icon but not the name; provide minutes elapsed as an Int instead of a Date (to avoid displaying seconds), etc.

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    Jian

    We will need to investigate it.

    The iOS widget function is very limited. If we provide an int, it will be that value forever. So to make it tick, we need to provide thousands of values in advance (to create the timeline and let it tick once per minute). We cannot provide it in the background, either. Also, Apple has a limit of about 50 updates per day per app.

    By the way, for live activity, users can disable it in iOS->Settings->ATracker (or ATracker PRO). I heard Apple would do the same for dynamic islands in the next iOS patch.

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    David Soergel

    I don't see any improvement in iOS 16.2, but anyway disabling Live Activity entirely as you suggested did the trick for me.  Thanks!

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