Hate the iPhone X’s notch? There’s an app for that

Posted:  November 13, 2017   By:    9 comments   

Don’t like the notch that appears on the top of the iPhone X‘s display? For those who can’t stand it, here’s a remedy that you’ve been looking for.

The iPhone X has a 5.8″ display that stretches from edge to edge. However, it needed to leave a gap at the top in order to house its earpiece and TrueDepth camera which enables its new Face ID feature. With some users finding this notch annoying, an app developer has released an app that’s simply called the Notch Remover.

Obviously, it is impossible to remove the notch via software. The app simply adds a black bar at the top of your wallpaper to create an illusion that the phone has a full rectangular display with rounded corners. This works best while you’re on the home screen and you’ll definitely see the notch when you’re running an app that supports full screen.

It is worth pointing out that the app isn’t following Apple’s design guidelines but surprisingly it was approved on the AppStore. There’s section that reads as follows:

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.

If you’re interested, the Notch Remover is now available on the AppStore and it will cost you RM3.90.


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9 Comments for Hate the iPhone X’s notch? There’s an app for that


May be I am the very few who don’t mind the notch.

In fact, it replaces the Home button to give the phone a unique look, otherwise all future bezeless phones will look almost identical. I am seeing icons for the iPhone X that sport the distinctively look now.

To me, i think it’s easier to make a flat top rather than the notch which requires both the OS and apps to play a part too.


I agree, I actually like the notch's look. It gives the phone a distinctive look(Star Wars Storm trooper?) . However in landscape mode it is annoying, Don't be surprise if the Chinese Android manufacturer's start copying the look. Xiaomi maybe, they been known to copy Apple even if its stupid, remember the horrible ios5 multitasking on MIUI?


Apple always wanna be different.
which is a good thing.


its funny to see the sheep trying hard to convince themselves that the notch is a good thing (they're smiling but painful inside)
apple have courage to design that fugly notch because they know the sheep willing to sell their soul for that logo.


    What to do, apple knows very well they have lots of sheeps to breed. What kind of sheep mind the notch lol


    I like advanced graphics and do heavy movie editing, and I am pleased to have the fastest single core and multi core performance enhanced by the speediest GPU currently on the smartphones.

    I did smile inside when I learnt that Geekbench results showed me these results.


      Not much for gaming or editing but the Geekbench results doesn't seem to translate well in speed test comparisons against the much lauded 'LagDroid' does it now?


        I am hoping to see better defined and done Speedtest instead of just a bunch of those on YouTubes that compare how many apps can the device retained in the background while switching back and forth.

        Things like how fast the device can encode videos, frame rates with different level of details – all these matter too.

        It’s moot to say that an i7 with 4GB RAM is slow compared to a Celeron with 16GB RAM which can hold four Office Apps in the background without lag due to virtual memory swapping.


you are paying for the distinctive look of the notch.
it would be easier and cheaper for apple to make the phone with the black bar across without the notch. they are pushing the design boundaries… you should appreciate it for what it is.