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Avoid the iPhone X Notch (Kind of)

iPhone X notch1.jpgAn iPhone X has a notch in the screen at the top for good technological reasons — that’s a lot of world class functionality per square millimeter in the image at right, if you ask me — but nonetheless, the black protrusion into the OLED screen is butt ugly or, as Jony Ive might say, design suboptimal. But rather than buying an app to reduce the size of your display, my fix was simply to go to black wallpaper. Whenever the homescreen is up, you don’t see the notch, and plenty of my applications hide it away anyway with a black background: Google Calendar and Maps; ProCam; Apple’s own Photo, Clock, Voice Memos, Stocks and Calculator apps; Gmail, etc. Looks pretty good, no?

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The phone itself is a pleasure: I do a lot of dictation, and every increment of processing power makes talking to an iPhone more accurate and rapid. The big screen is also a treat, especially for those of us with failing eyes. Face ID is easy to use: one simply looks down at the phone and swipes it from bottom up in one motion to get the show rolling. As for the lack of a home button, the gestures that replace it are intuitive from the start.

Addendum: Several YouTube videos assert that the black background marginally reduces power consumption on the iPhone X.


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