Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

'Notch remover' app fixes the iPhone X's ugliest design element

'Notch remover' app fixes the iPhone X's ugliest design element

Notch Remover is compatible with a wide range of iPhone and iPad devices, but is clearly intended for the iPhone X.

Apple constructed one of the most handsome smartphones ever made in the iPhone X, but there is one glaring gap in its design, literally. It's even included this as part of its guidelines for the iPhone X, advising them against hiding the rounded corners and sensor housing by putting black bars at the bottom and top.

Not all of them, of course, as Samsung's spoof haircut still has time to catch on, but plenty to justify the existence of two different notch-hiding apps. Axiem System's Notch Remover app will remove the notch and replace it with a straight bar across the top of the screen.

Has Apple developed a sense of humor all of a sudden, or should we actually take these apps seriously? 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.

Don't mask or call special attention to key display features.

If you're still not a fan of the black "notch" at the top of the iPhone X, there's an app for that. Don't use visual adornments like brackets, bezels, shapes, or instructional text to call special attention to these areas, either. Notcho is free to download, but all of the wallpapers you use with have a "Notcho" watermark on them unless you pay $1.99 to have it removed via in-app purchase.

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