Many iPhone X buyers would have certainly felt that the notch on the top is preventing them from fully enjoying videos on the great edge-to-edge screen. Apple might also have realized this, and that could be why it made an exception to its rules by approving an app called Notch Remover for the App Store.

Notch Remover app
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Notch Remover App – how it works

The Notch Remover does not actually remove the notch, rather it puts a black bar on the top of the phone that blends the notch. In the iOS settings page, it also adds a black bar on the images. A disadvantage of using the app is that it reduces the screen size, but it appears to be the best option for those ready to give up a part of their screen for a better experience.

It is a bit of a surprise that Apple has actually approved the Notch Remover app. Apple’s app developer guide clearly mentions that developers should refrain from putting black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. “Don’t mask or call special attention to key display features. Don’t attempt to hide the device’s rounded corners, sensor housing, or indicator for accessing the Home screen by placing black bars at the top and bottom of the screen,” reads Apple’s developer guidelines for the iPhone X.

The iPhone X notch houses the Face ID technology and Apple’s TrueDepth camera. Initially, many users complained about its existence, but after using the device for a few days, many got used to it. Users who don’t like it can now purchase the Notch Remover app from the iTunes store for $0.99. If you want more details of the app just visit this link.

Optimized apps for the iPhone X

The iPhone X is very different from earlier iPhones owing to its edge-to-edge screen and the notch. Because of this, the apps that have not adjusted to support the new iPhone X features may not give the best experience to its users. Thus, many popular apps have already been updated to support the bigger iPhone, and some of these have been detailed by a report in Tom’s Guide.

One such app is Halide, a popular iPhone photography app. The app has not only adjusted to the iPhone X’s bigger screen, but has also added capabilities to take advantage of the phone’s new hardware and software features. The app now comes with a redesigned UI, including the use of “horns” to show information on either side of the camera and speaker notch, and support for depth maps.

Another app for the iPhone X is Holo, which uses the phone’s augmented reality features for fun. With the app, a user can paste AR holograms of people, animals, or characters onto the camera view. One interesting thing is that these holograms are 3D models and not static photos, so users can move them around, resize, rotate and more.

Netflix has also been quick to optimize its app for the iPhone X. Netflix’s iOS app now allows you to watch videos in full edge-to-edge mode (with slight cropping, thanks to the “notch”). The streaming company has also added support for Dolby HDR video.