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‘Notch remover’ app fixes the iPhone X’s ugliest design element

It's a surprise Apple even allows this.


Phillip Tracy


Published Nov 13, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:18 am CDT

Apple constructed one of the most beautiful smartphones ever made in the iPhone X, but there is one glaring gap in its design, literally. The notorious “notch” is an ugly spot in the flagship’s otherwise stunning display.

Now there is a way to get rid of it.

The bluntly named “Notch Remover” app does it exactly what its name suggests. Well, sort of. It doesn’t actually remove the notch, it just cleverly puts a black border around your wallpaper that the cutout disappears into. That, unfortunately, means you’ll still see the cursed black strip once you open any of your apps.

It’s somewhat surprising that Apple even approved the app. The smartphone giant orders developers not to disrupt the notch in the “Human Interface Guidelines” portion of its developer guide:

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. Don’t use visual adornments like brackets, bezels, shapes, or instructional text to call special attention to these areas either.

So if you really can’t stand the notch on your home screen (it’s not that bad), you can download “Notch Remover” (for now) from the App Store for $.99. And if, for whatever reason, you want the notch but don’t have a $1,000 iPhone, then knock yourself out with this app on Github.

H/T the Verge

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*First Published: Nov 13, 2017, 3:18 pm CST