Apple Approves 'Notch Remover' App for iPhone X

Apple appears to have made an exception to its rule that developers "embrace the notch" on the iPhone X, by approving an app called Notch Remover for the App Store.

Essentially, all the app does is add a black bar across the top of selected images that the user can then manually assign as a wallpaper in iOS Settings.


The result conceals the existence of the notch and the adjacent "ears" with what looks like a solid black status bar along the top of the lock screen and home screen.

The one-trick nature of the app is unlikely to have been overlooked by Apple and approved in error, suggesting that the company doesn't interpret its function as a violation of iPhone X developer guidelines.
Don't mask or call special attention to key display features. Don't attempt to hide the device's rounded corners, sensor housing, or indicator for accessing the Home screen by placing black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
The notch houses Apple's TrueDepth camera and Face ID technology, but it eats into the viewing area of the OLED display. Its existence has divided Apple fans, but many iPhone X owners say that they don't really notice it after a few days or even just a few hours with the device, after which it ceases to be an issue for them.

Still, if the notch just isn't your thing, Notch Remover offers to mitigate the screen intrusion for just $0.99, while Notcho does something similar.

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10 months ago
i like the notch and it looks full screen
Rating: 48 Votes
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10 months ago
Wow...it actually looks so much better without the notch....who knew?

(thats right...everyone)
Rating: 38 Votes
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10 months ago
I actually prefer the notch view.
Rating: 33 Votes
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10 months ago

Wow...it actually looks so much better without the notch....who knew?

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Looks like a giant bezel at top. How's this look good again? lol
Rating: 29 Votes
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10 months ago
Slow news day...

Personally I got really used to the notch really quickly and I find the iPhone X looks too old-fashioned when the notch is removed (as it looks like a 6/7/8, etc) and somehow restrictive

My wife has a new 8 Plus - amazing phone, but seems so last year...
Rating: 27 Votes
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10 months ago
I'm not a fan of the notch, but those screen shots seem to make it worse imo. Maybe I'm getting used to the notch
Rating: 20 Votes
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10 months ago

Wow...it actually looks so much better without the notch....who knew?

(thats right...everyone)


Except it doesn't.
Rating: 18 Votes
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10 months ago
Now you too can have a big ass bezel. Next up for the OCD amongst us: an app that adds another big ass bezel at the bottom. Whatever floats your boat :)
Rating: 14 Votes
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10 months ago

Wow...it actually looks so much better without the notch....who knew?

(thats right...everyone)

How does that look better? It looks like a bunch of dead space. At least with the notch you what it is and why it’s there.
Rating: 14 Votes
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10 months ago
Apple probably approved the app to see how popular it is.
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