Apple Approves 'Notch Remover' App for iPhone X

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    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.

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    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Apple Approves 'Notch Remover' App for iPhone X
     
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    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...
     
  4. levitynyc macrumors 65816

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

    (thats right...everyone)
     
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    The notch isn't a problem really. Once you begin to use the phone, you really do forget about it. The only time it is really noticeable is when scrolling through webpages in landscape with the notch on the right. Watching videos isn't that much of a problem. The biggest issue that Apple needs to fix through software are some gestures. The X isn't the best iPhone for one-handed use because of placement of gestures and removal of home button. The Plus model iPhones with their bigger footprint are actually better for one-handed use.
     
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    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
     
  8. cardfan macrumors 65816

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    Looks like a giant bezel at top. How's this look good again? lol
     
  9. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    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.
     
  10. Skeith macrumors newbie

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    Gonna share it on twitter with Mr. Cook. Let's see how fast this one gets the pull.
     
  11. Marshall73 macrumors 65816

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    Their app interface doesn't go against the guidelines. The function of the app doesn't either, it just manipulates an image to create a wallpaper. Dunno who would pay for this rather than just making their own images though. Also, looks a bit off with a different radius at the top of the image vs the radius at the bottom of the screen. to to mention the massive black bar at the top.
     
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    I disagree. I don’t mind the notch but some people are really letting it distract from their days. It’s pretty tiny. I just don’t get the huge deal people are making about it.
     
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    I like it better with the notch. Doesn’t bother me one bit now. I barely even see it. Who would pay $.99 for this? Just seems like someone trying to take advantage of people.
     
  14. mpe macrumors 6502

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    As I see it. App Store Review Guidelines is not the same thing as Human Interface Guidelines.

    "embrace the notch" is not a hard requirement, but rather a design recommendation. They normally only enforce HIG when it can be misleading on confusing (such as fake Apple Pay interaction, copying of Apple interfaces, sub-standard interface design, etc.).
     
  15. PickUrPoison macrumors 68010

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    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 :)
     
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    I have no issues with the notch. I actually like it as it adds length to the screen.
     
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    I like the horns. Now, what I'm not a fan of is what it takes to power off the X using the buttons....ugh. Give me the option to press and hold like before.
     
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    You obviously don't have an X.
     
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    Loads, as I'm sure the developer can confirm...
     
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    The most pathetic app of the year :)

    All hail the new supreme ruler, the NOTCH
     
  21. mdellepi macrumors regular

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    Formally the app just add a black bar on top of wallpaper images, so I don't see how it could go against any guideline, right?
     
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    Apple probably approved the app to see how popular it is.
     
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    I can’t believe I was ever as blindly loyal and easily led as some of the people on here ... my God.
     
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    I've got use to the notch ... I hate to admit it but I kind of like it now.
     
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    Except it doesn't.
     

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