How annoying is the iPhone X notch

“People have already expressed dissatisfaction with the notch on the iPhone X, and some don’t like it at all,” Brenda Stolyar writes for Digital Trends.

“In our day-to-day use, we generally liked the look of the operating system flanking the notch, but we did find it broke immersion when watching YouTube videos or movies on Netflix,” Stolyar writes. “It can be distracting.”

“But there are still a large amount of apps that do not support the full display. These will easily stand out, because you’ll see large black bars on the top and bottom of the screen — making your iPhone X look like an iPhone 8,” Stolyar writes. “You won’t have trouble with Apple’s apps, but even Google has yet to add support for most of its apps. Slack, Trello, even Snapchat are just a few of the apps we saw that have yet to add support for the full display.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll learn to live with it.

That’s not really something we’re used to saying with an Apple product (outside of Apple TV’s Siri Remote), but there you have it.

In fact, we’re already working on “notch acclimation” ahead of our iPhone X deliveries on Friday:

iPhone X notch acclimation (portrait)
iPhone X notch acclimation (portrait)


iPhone X notch acclimation (landscape)
iPhone X notch acclimation (landscape)

Tim Bajarin’s first impression of Apple’s iPhone X: Face ID worked flawlessly – November 1, 2017
The Verge reviews Apple’s iPhone X: Clearly the best iPhone ever made, despite being marred by its ugly notch – November 1, 2017
Above Avalon’s first impressions of Apple’s iPhone X: ‘An entirely new iPhone experience’ – October 31, 2017
Apple reminds developers to design around iPhone X’s notch – October 28, 2017
We’ll get used to iPhone X’s ugly notch, even if we don’t end up liking it – October 23, 2017
Sloppiness: Apple’s inconsistent iPhone X design guides show attention to detail is no longer a priority – October 13, 2017
It’s not all screen: Apple’s stretching the truth with iPhone X marketing – October 3, 2017
Joshua Topolsky: Apple is really bad at design – October 1, 2017
Apple’s botched ‘notch’ atop iPhone X’s display is a design abomination – September 15, 2017
Apple is turning a design quirk into the iPhone X’s defining feature: Leaning into the notch – September 14, 2017
The lessons and questions of Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 – September 13, 2017
Apple embraces that ugly notched cutout in OLED ‘iPhone’s display – August 30, 2017
It’s time we embraced Apple’s notched/cutout OLED iPhone display – August 11, 2017


  1. Who gives a shit about the notch. In the end it will work out fine.
    How many people are bitching about the lack of headphone connector anymore?
    Relax and enjoy the new phone. I know I will.

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