The Notch on iPhone is Pointless, Change my Mind
Since the release of iPhone X I have thought that the notch was stupid, ugly, pointless, intrusive, and it costs more money to make each display because of it.
*But Takeabyte, without the notch we wouldn’t get the wonderfully great Face ID!*
Yeah, well I’m still not a fan of that feature either. However there would still be a way to implement Face ID without the notch.
*But Takeabyte, without those two extra corners of display we would have less usable space.*
Except we would have the same usable space.
Let’s say just for the sake of argument that Apple designed their iPhone X display with just a regular bezel at the top just large enough to fit Face ID. The status bar would still fit comfortably in the same area as it does on the older iPhone design and we would lose no usable work space below since all they did was stretch the interface to fill in those stupid corners.
After many debates about the notch on iPhone, I finally got two iPhones side by side and took a picture of them. On the left, we have my tiny, day one, iPhone 5S. On the right, we have my year-ish old iPhone X.
[The notch is pointless](https://imgur.com/dJC7tv3)
I had to use the macro lens on my fancy camera just to even see a difference. With the naked eye the “extra space” on the X is negligible. It’s a difference of about 5-7 rows of pixels. You can see that the bottom of the notch is lined up with the top of the old display. the space shared by the menu section and status bar on the 5S is basically the same amount of space as just the menu section on the iPhone X. Everything in the status bar of the iPhone X, clock, location, signal strength, and battery image would all fit comfortably in the same space that is utilized on the older iPhone displays. Bonus points because then we would still have the ability to see our battery percentage, carrier info, VPN status, etc.
*But Takeabyte, I’ve gotten used to it and don’t even see it anymore.*
I see it every time I wonder how low my battery is. Every time I want to make sure I’m connected/disconnected with my VPN. Every time I want to know what kind of network I’m connected to. Every time I’m playing a game, watching a video, or browsing in landscape mode. Every time I’m forced to stretch up to get into Control Center.
The notch is completely pointless and stupid. No one asked for it and now some people feel the need to defend it. Other’s don’t care, but the people I talk to in person about it all (especially the ones who have an 8 or below) wind up agreeing that we didn’t gain anything with the notch other than a higher price tag.
I bought this phone on vacation in Japan when the Apple Store over there refused to repair my broken display because they worried they would break my phone further. If they did break it, I’d be out a phone until I got home to the USA weeks later since I was still traveling from country to country and in places where there is no Apple Store. So I decided to try the X. I only had three days to decide if I was going to keep it or get an 8 instead, and sure enough I regret my decision to keep this phone. I still keep this phone today because I feel like it would be a waste if I replace it so soon, plus it would mean spending more money on a problem Apple created. Once this phone bites the dust OOW, I’ll be buying an iPhone 8 or whatever best iPhone Apple is selling without a notch (and with Touch ID).