Based on discussions I have seen in another thread, there appears to be a misconception floating around that the dynamic island feature in the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is not accessible with VoiceOver. This is not correct, and I am making this post to clear things up. Please note I did already respond in the other thread, but as my comment is quite a ways down, I figured it would be beneficial to have this here.
Note that I am running iOS 16.0.1, the latest public release of the software for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
First let me talk about my own experience with the dynamic island, which I started testing and playing with last night. I got my iPhone 14 Pro Max yesterday, and the dynamic island is definitely fully accessible with VoiceOver, at least for me.
The dynamic island appears at the very top of the screen, right in the middle. It shows up when there is background activity. So far, I have tested it with both playing music from the music app and when a timer is running in the background.
For example, if I start playing a song from my Apple Music Library, about 5 seconds after the song starts, I can touch the dynamic island, and it tells me the artist/title of the song that is playing. I then have VoiceOver actions to either activate (which opens the music app) or to expand, which is the sighted equivalent of touching and holding. The latter action makes the island larger and provides more information. In the case of a song playing, I now see a little more info about the song and have buttons to skip and play/pause and do AirPlay. When the island is in an expanded state, VoiceOver actions give me the ability to activate (like before) or to collapse, which makes the island shrink back to its original size.
The neat thing is when the activity disappears, such as if I do a magic tap to stop a song, the dynamic island disappears. If I magic tap again to start the song, a few seconds after the song starts playing, the island re-appears.
One person who said the dynamic island was not working for him did confirm he is running iOS 16.1 beta, so it is possible that there is an issue around the dynamic island's accessibility in the latest beta. With iOS 16.0.1, however, it works perfectly.
Overall, I think it's really neat and am thrilled Apple made it fully accessible with VoiceOver out of the box. When third-party apps start supporting it like Uber, this has the potential to be super amazingly cool in my opinion.