I first got the impression Apple screwed up the iPhone X when I watched Apple's own [Developing for the iPhone X](https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/fall2017/801/) video. This article reinforced that opinion.
Apple could have avoided all this. Get rid of the notch, get ride of the rounded corners on the screen, and put a very narrow bezel at the top and bottom of the screen.
That would have also given room for a small, narrow home button (though not a Touch ID sensor). In turn, that would allow them to get rid of that indicator at the bottom of the screen.
The phone would use several rows of pixels at the top and bottom, but it'd actually lose very little *useable* rows of pixels. And in landscape mode, it would *gain* usable vertical space, because the home indicator wouldn't be needed.
This never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive.
11:31 pm — Thursday, 28 September 2017
I hate to hear the phrase "This never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive" written un-ironically like Jobs didn't make monumentally bad design decisions on a regular basis.
But that said, the notch could have been better dealt with. Jony Ive has the oft-repeated vision of an iPhone that is just a hunk of unbroken glass that he can't get out of his head. He's going to chase that vision like Don Quixote no matter what notches or windmills get in his way.
6:54 am — Friday, 29 September 2017
Notch is cool. That said, they could have just blanked it barred it in landscape mode.
8:25 am — Friday, 29 September 2017
Patrick Henry, the 2nd:
jimothy on FIRE. Another great post. Maybe he can replace El Gruberino.
7:40 pm — Friday, 29 September 2017
"Content-safe-area" are you kidding me? It's like overscan on shitty TVs all over again.
Give us a proper screen.
11:12 pm — Friday, 29 September 2017
This is is the most backwards justification for barring 3rd party web engines, not to mention they could just black out the areas around the notch.
11:23 pm — Sunday, 1 October 2017
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