Black or white bars with your iPhone X? Landscape mode is a pain, but devs are getting crafty

Black or white bars with your iPhone X? Landscape mode is a pain, but devs are getting crafty
There is no doubt that the new iPhone X screen aspect ratio, and the notch that houses the Face ID set, present challenges for app developers, so Apple has updated its iOS 11 development guidelines to reflect the X's screen canvas realities. 

Needless to say, devs are hard at work coding examples in the iOS emulator, and have come up with really ingenious ways to shun or incorporate the status bar in their apps. 

Actually, in the guidelines Apple advises against blending it in, leaving them only one option to choose from:

Surprise, surprise, devs beg to disagree, as you can see below. One thing is becoming increasingly clear, though - landscape mode on the iPhone X will present a bigger challenge, as even Safari appears with white bars on the sides, depending on the website background, and as a result the vertical space of the iPhone X in that position is said to be in the realm of iPhone 8

Check out all the ways that developers are battling with the new iPhone X interface in order to circumvent or incorporate the "bezel-less" design:

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



21. Tythas

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

The great work they put in to the UI almost makes up for the lack of work they put in to the screen design.

20. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

LG and Sam's has better design approach.

18. TechDork

Posts: 405; Member since: May 10, 2010

I honestly don't mind it. It's really not even going to be noticeable the more you use it. in my opinion.

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

They should definitely hide the notch, too bad for the isheep that they didn't.

16. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

2 and 3 are the best implementations.

13. Xilam unregistered

The notches don't bother me at all - it's extra screen where others have just plastic or glass. What bothers me is that with amoled that could have been epic if Apple made it black AT ALL TIMES and leave the static info there. I've seen the clock and battery animations during presentations - so not worried about burn-in. It's an awesome extra space, but can be utilized so much better. Seriously seems like Tim and Ive got it all planned out and went stupid right before the launch "wearing it proudly"! Tim is taking this "pride" thing too far. Someone made a comment above that it seems like it wasn't thought out thoroughly - I 100% agree.

12. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Just leave it alone and call it the (i)ron man Phone!

10. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

While some of these were fun to see (like the scroll indicator), I can't shake the feeling that Apple didn't think this one through. To me, masking seems to be the only way to deal with it, especially in cases where Apple's UI design guidelines can't be followed (in games, for instance).

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Apple truly loves their notch. They should let developers cropped the notch when needed. The swipe for home IDK. Rather have a virtual home button. Maybe after enough criticize they will change something next year. One can only hope.

19. CableTelcontar

Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

And since when has criticisms and customer opinions mattered to them? They "know" what's best and have the "courage" to always do that.

8. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

S9 is gonna be a beast with 90% Screen to Body Ratio. The edge is what makes the side bezels almost bezel-less if not fully bezel-less as it already goes past the sides.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Lol, apple is trying too hard to not be looks like S8.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The pics on the right, is how it should've looked in the first place. Crafty Apple engineering, should've put the sensors in the bezel...errr border, since Apple claims the bezel that's there isn't a bezel.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This the funniest and largest design fail since the flat tire on the Moto 360 watch. Apple is clearly toying with their loyalists now to prove they will spend money on anything they put out. The execs are laughing all the way to the bank. Kudos to them to milk the gullible.

5. lnhrts

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Good thing opinions are like butthOles. There are billions of them and yours does not matter! But thanks for the wind noise!

11. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Certainly mattered to you enough to respond but whatever.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 496; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Ugliest design apple ever made in the history.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's not working now and it's never going to work buddy. Just watch this beautiful phone fly off the shelf! Use your energy on something productive and not on trying to convince someone not to buy iPhones on the internet!

1. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Seems like devs are really working hard for that ugly cutout.

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

And I was told that Apple never implements immature cr@p.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It was mostly true before. The X isn't the no-nonsense iPhone Apple has been known for. Year by year, Apple is losing its iconic-ity (if that's even a word) and becoming the Apple of Tim Cook, not the Apple of Steve Jobs. And I don't know how much Jony Ive drank before designing the X....

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