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Embracing the Notch: How Are You Adapting to the Most Controversial iPhone X Design Decision?

The "notch," or sensor housing on the iPhone X is the single most polarizing design decision Apple made when creating its new flagship smartphone. Some people hate the way the notch eats into the display, while others appreciate that extra bit of visible space.

Love it or hate it, the notch is here to stay until Apple finds a better way to integrate the TrueDepth camera system into its iPhone lineup. Luckily, while the notch can be disturbing at first, most people find it's easy to become accustomed to. In the video below, we explore the notch, how it affects day to day iPhone X usage, how apps are compensating, and some ways to hide it.

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Prior to the iPhone X's launch, the notch sparked a lot of discussion, much of it negative, but hate for the notch has died down as people have become used to Apple's design choice.

Apple's official policy is that developers and users should embrace the notch, and as apps have implemented designs that work around it, it's blended into the background and become less noticeable in day to day use.

There are still apps that have yet to adapt to the notch, but as optimizations continue, it'll disappear even further. Here at MacRumors, we've found that the notch isn't really bothersome at all.

One exception might be landscape mode, as it's more noticeable in that orientation when doing things like browsing Safari, watching YouTube videos, and playing games. Safari browsing is getting better, though, with a new Webkit API in iOS 11.2 that allows developers to design around the notch for a better full screen experience, and in the YouTube app, if you double tap on a video, it expands to a full screen mode that's easier to watch.

For those who absolutely hate the notch, there are a couple of new apps like Notcho, designed to edit wallpapers to add a black bar to the top, effectively hiding it on the Home and Lock screen. Notcho doesn't work within apps, though, and in our opinion, hiding the notch looks worse than accepting it.

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27 weeks ago
The notch is a non-issue if you actually own the phone and apparently a huge issue for those who don’t or the media that needs to generate clicks.
Rating: 201 Votes
27 weeks ago
The 'notch' is so overblown it's ridiculous. Imagine if the notch went all the way across the top, it would be a bezel. Think of the notch like a full bezel with more room. Jeez, this is the dumbest discussion so far about any iphone.
Rating: 77 Votes
27 weeks ago
I actually created a notch on my iPhone 6s with tape so people think I’ve got loads of £ .
Rating: 46 Votes
27 weeks ago
you get used to it in no time. i actually prefer apps that don't hide it, because the screen feels bigger.
Rating: 42 Votes
27 weeks ago
I’m not bothered by the notch. I seem to do well adapting to notch. I just need a plus size.
Rating: 33 Votes
27 weeks ago
For me, the most controversial design decision is the removal of Touch ID.

We see how Face ID is problematic in many cases. Touch ID has none of those issues. I want an iPhone X with both Face ID and Touch ID.
Rating: 30 Votes
27 weeks ago
Non issue.

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* I like the edge to edge screen on the device
* I like that Apple produced two little extra windows to put the status and clock, so I can have them out of the way of my content
* I like that I don’t have the same black bars at the top (and sometimes bottom) like every other phone.

Like people that hate the “notch” it is just my opinion, and unlike some, I am open to opposing viewpoints on the subject. ;) .
Rating: 27 Votes
27 weeks ago
What notch?

Oh right yeah.

Barely notice it.
Rating: 26 Votes
27 weeks ago
Non-issue. If it bothered me THAT much, I wouldn't have bought it.

Embrace the notch.
Rating: 26 Votes
27 weeks ago
Not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. If devs use Auto Layout everything fits perfectly.
Rating: 25 Votes

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