All aboard the notch train! Apple mandates that all new apps support the iPhone X display

Starting April 2018, all new iPhone apps have to account for the notch-y design realities

Starting April 2018, all new iPhone apps have to account for the notch-y design realities


If anyone needed further proof that Apple is all aboard the notch train, its latest memo to developers should suffice. As if to corroborate the supply chain findings of its most reputable analyst, Apple is now demanding that all new apps submitted from April onwards, should natively support the screen cutout of the iPhone X, and it says so explicitly in an email distributed to developers.

In other words, the notch is here to stay, and this jibes with KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo numeorus memos to clients that Apple will issue three iPhones this year, and all of them will sport the TrueDepth camera kit for Face ID, Animoji, and other purposes - even the "affordable" iPhone 9 with LCD display that is expected to sell in the tens of millions this year.

The Notch and the Horns. While that may sound like the name of an English pub, the horns on the two sides of the notch can actually serve a purpose with their active screen area, believe it or not, and we don't mean simply showing the battery icon or network status. Since the depth camera and accompanying sensors can't be shoved under the display glass, Apple simply cut a piece of the iPhone X screen to fit the whole shebang in, forcing app developers into a scramble to overhaul their apps, and YouTube to try and fit videos around it. 

Notch you worry, though, as devs took the iPhone X design as a challenge, and started getting crafty designing for the new notch-and-horns realities, and all who haven't done this yet, will be mandated to do so, as per Apple's new app design guidelines below: 

All aboard the notch train! Apple mandates that all new apps support the iPhone X display
source: 9to5Mac

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21 Comments

2. NinoH

Posts: 128; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

This is why i bought an iphone x, because apps are going to get updated for X design. In android you have to wait 2-3 years to get stuff done. Especially if you have an older phone.

5. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

And with iOS you have to wait 2-3 years to get the features that Android phones have now, wireless charging and water resistance ring a bell?

6. NinoH

Posts: 128; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

As an ex galaxy s8 user i can tell you that i didn’t use 90% of samsung “advanced” features that slowed the phone down. And with apple at least you have a phone that is not obsolete the day when you buy it. Now days software is king,and if you buy a flagship phone and it is stuck on nougat in 2018 then that sucks. You just lost a lot of money, because small fixes and patches are not good enough for a flagship if they want to compete directly with apple.

8. Tipus

Posts: 785; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"As an ex galaxy s8 user i can tell you that i didn’t use 90% of samsung “advanced” features that slowed the phone down." LMAO :)) you're not even trying :))

15. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Well yes he exaggerated things but there some truth to it. I am also ex-samsung users and still love samsung phones (used all flagships from s4 to s7 edge including note series and would even say that they are better then iphone) but as 6-7months pass, they start to slow down little or have some problems connecting to pc, etc,. so I decided to switch to ios and got 7 plus and the ride is super smooth since then it does almost everything yes i miss some features like file manager, themes, ultra power saving mode and customisation but they are features i can live without with such a smooth experience. The apps are definitely better optimised for ios. Google should force android update and max number of phones per oems each year, oem’s are just dumping them like garbage every year.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 6730; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You bought the iPhone X so apps would get designed for the notch. Or do you mean that you know it was going to get supported because Apple was going to force it's developers to make their apps use the big cutout.

19. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

this is one of the reasons I will be buying iPhone x.

21. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Since when did Water Resistance or Wireless Charging slow down a phone?

9. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Those aren’t Android or iOS features but hardware features. Hell the Essential Phone or One Plus supports NEITHER of those...so yeah, not sure I see your point about software when it’s all hardware related.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Of course you wouldn’t understand just look at your username

25. mootu

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Apps are updated constantly in Android totally seperate from OS updates.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And so will Android, I believe. The upcoming Android P is rumored to support notches and if it's true then... Well, embrace the notch! Gaze at an iPhone X's picture for 2 hours each day and I'm sure it will help! Xiaomi and Huawei have already hinted at notches in their future phones and the upcoming Pixel 3 'might' also possess one because... Well, why else would Google implement it in Android, eh? With that being said, I still won't ever buy a smartphones with a curved or notched display so... G'Day!

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And one more thing... All these 'Sheeple' brands started copying the notch the moment Apple unveiled The iPhone X so that they can introduce notched phones next year i.e 2018. What's interesting here is that none seem to care about features which are ACTUALLY useful like wireless charging, quick charge and exceptional cameras! Just what in the world are they thinking? Oh well...

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1297; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Apple used to make only computers, then they decided to copy Motorola who was making cellular phones.

11. fyah_king unregistered

Apple copied the notch from essential phone and sharp.lol

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

One thing you can give Apple credit for is taking action like this to insure apps are of high quality. Play Store and Microsoft Store are filled with a lot of junk that isn't optimized.

16. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes because Apple force things strictly so there apps are overall better, Google & Microsoft they store is like garbage collection. So many of fake apps (you can find atleast 10 copies of any popular app on playstore) they should be stict like apple on quality management and updation. Now they don’t need quantity like before playstore got plenty of apps, now they should focus on quality and start deleting apps which are not updated in recent years or not following lastest guidelines. Some apps are not been updated for 4 years or more.

29. gamehead unregistered

Why did you have to make that notch smh

30. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the most stupid thing to come to phones in a long time

31. corvette72778

Posts: 151; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The notch is hideous! Notches are for dummies.

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