This is how future iOS apps' design should incorporate iPhone X's signature display notch

One of the signature features of the iPhone X that immediately sets it apart from Apple's other iPhones or the available Android devices out there is undoubtedly the display notch.

Hate it or love it, it's probably here to stay due to the simple fact that it makes the handset  that much more recognizable in the vast sea of same-looking phones out there. What's more, we will probably have to get used to it because it was clearly stated that the iPhone X's design will inspire the majority of upcoming iPhones in the next few years.

So, when life gives you lemons, you quickly need to learn how to make lemonade, and that's exactly what app developers are currently doing in preparation for the iPhone X's belated November market launch. Some will do better than others, and we suspect that designer Luboš Volkov will be responsible for some sleek-looking and well-designed apps that will perfectly intertwine with the display notch. 

His app design mock-up shows us an image editing app that perfectly incorporates the notch in the interface, making it look like a slide-out drawer that tucks away a cornucopia of image-editing tools. It's simple and immensely effective, proving that app developers are as courageous as Apple in their own game. At the moment, there's no information if the demonstrated design will make its way to a real app down the line, but it's pretty certain that someone, somewhere will eventually adopt this or a rather similar design philosophy into their app.  

We can't wait to see other developers 'implement' the notch that good into their apps!

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. peace247 unregistered

For iPhone its signature and for others its ugly.....hmmmm

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

This phone is for the COURAGEOUS among us... It's indeed unsightly, I won't try to sugarcoat it like PA; and that's coming from a future (hopefully) iPhone user. At first, I thought that Apple is going to hide the 'bunny ears' during videos and/or web surfing etc but alas, the cutout remains there and stick out like a sore thumb and I'm sure it'll give a man suffering from OCD a big headache. I don't suffer from OCD, but even I find this appalling and almost unbearable. But that's that, I guess. Take a look at the history of Apple and it's evident that it never listen to its customers. It just go about its way for the sake of bloody "COURAGE". Be courageous, Sheeple. For you're going to need it! Paying up $1,000 for this phone PLUS another $70 for the Apple fast charger indeed needs some courage! Ha! G'Day!

32. bucknassty

Posts: 1397; Member since: Mar 24, 2017


38. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

First, PA is paid for being biased towards Apple so I don't blame them for it. Second, PA's views can't influence the common buyer since tech websites are mostly visited by tech geeks and not the general population.

39. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

PA and other sheeple: "One of the signature features of the iPhone X that immediately sets it apart from available Android devices out there is undoubtedly the display notch." Unbiased me: Essential Phone?

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1548; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The notch isn't harmonious or symmetrical. Even though I don't own an iPhone, I know that Steve Jobs would have never approved it.

12. ahmadkun

Posts: 692; Member since: May 02, 2016


19. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

The moment Apple start asking what Steve would have done is the moment they will actually be in trouble.

3. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I thought that one is for the notification panel

4. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

iPhone is about symmetry, I cannot find one in that.

31. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

They threw 'symmetry' out the door after the 5s. These days a single legged person sitting on a chair with three legs has got more symmetry!

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

A complete designing failure Apple should fire them

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

iPhone X make the essential phone a beauty to behold. X user enjoy your expensive lemonade.

7. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I am lmfao reading those comments. This design will be the most recognizable smartphone design in the next 3-5 years, just like the home button before it. This design decision was made in order to differentiate iPhones from the sea of the same looking flat glass in the future. Everyone will instantly be able to point out an iPhone from every angle. That's how you keep your brand in a sea of bland.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Pretty sure the 1975 AMC Pacer is instantly recognizable as well. This doesn't make it a well designed or beautiful car.

16. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Design is a personal taste, one beautiful design for some, maybe crap for others so deal with it. Besides, why do you care if you are not going to spend money on it.

18. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

You don't have to buy a product for a criticism to be valid, Einstein. Also, enjoy getting cucked for the next four years, Apple won't refine the iPhone 10 design if it isn't worth it (never will be) so the same gawdy-ass iPhone 8 will continue to look gawdy. That notch will haunt their top of the line model for years to come.

21. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Maybe for you. Why so upset about something you do not care about?

23. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I don't defend Tim "Pepe Forever Banned" Cook's products, I wouldn't spend that much money on an Android phone either so why bother trying with me?

25. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Also Tim Cook is, much like Jony and Steve before him, a snobbish dweeb. "Oh I acknowledge AIDS patience" yeah so do corrupt world powers. Get a life, Toukale, you cucked shill.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Design is indeed personal taste, but yet you seem to feel the need to comment on others commenting the design and even justify it. Why do you care, you're going to spend money on it anyway.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They should just make a black round circle in the middle of the screen that never goes away. Same concept. It's an atrocious design and the only ones that are ok with it are apologists. If this was any other OEM they would be chastised to death. Instead Apple is trolling their fans to see what they can get away with and are laughing to the bank. Good on them.

28. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol wait? Did someone actually say having an iPhone differentiates us? Rofl. Hilarious. One of the key reasons I never keep an iPhone as a daily driver is because I can't stand that everyone has the exact same phone as me. It's like everyone wearing the same jacket as me, it drives me crazy. But if I had to do it, the phone or jacket better be a nice looking one. Making something ugly for the sake of differentiation is never the right strategy lol

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While the idea itself is top-notch (pun intended) I really don't like those edges marked by the yellow arrow

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 692; Member since: May 02, 2016 The Essential has yet to launch, but Rubin confirmed that video content will not stretch to under the camera. This means that even though the display is designed to be as close to bezel-less as possible, fullscreen content will still have a black stripe on one side, which might house some notification icons at best. -iphonearena #IMakeYouRemember.

20. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Gotta love how cucked tech journalism is.

40. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@ahmadkun I agree with you. Remember when PA pointed out that S8 still has a bezel despite people called it a bezel less phone because of the infinity display? Now, they praise Apple iPhone X's bumper case. I mean its what they call "bezel less design" even though everyone can clearly see it still has a bezel.

11. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Wow, it's amazing how far iPhone fans will go to cover up such a huge design fail. Just putting Touch ID in the Apple logo would have been enough. Yet Apple are too tight to provide two biometric options.

13. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Wow, it’s amazing how far has gone the attention, obsession and butthurtness of android fans for a phone they will never have

17. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Tell me about it. Those who will not spend their cash on this phone are the loudest ones, which says a lot about their life priorities.

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