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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Everything you need to know about the controversial ears of the iPhone X

The design of the iPhone X leaked months before it was released and many people wonder how Apple would choose to face the notch of the new device that houses the front camera and face recognition system. Now that the iPhone X is official , we know the answer.

New guidelines from Apple's human interface for the device advise developers to design their applications to fill the entire screen .

"Do not mask or draw special attention to the key features of the screen. Do not attempt to hide the rounded corners of the device, sensor housing, or indicator to access the home screen by placing black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Do not use visual trimmings such as brackets, bevels, shapes or instructional text to draw special attention to these areas either . "

In short, Apple does not want developers to hide the notch or scroll flag by placing black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

Apple says that most applications that use standard system-provided UI elements, such as navigation bars, tables and collections, automatically adapt to the device's new form factor .

Background materials extend to the edges of the screen and UI elements are properly inserted and placed. To ensure that the content is not trimmed or obscured by the rounded edges of the iPhone X, sensor case, or gesture indicator, all applications must adhere to Apple's safe areas and design margins to ensure approval in the App Store.

Apple also tells developers not to place interactive controls at the bottom of the screen , or in the corners, to avoid interfering with gestures such as moving from the bottom to return to the home screen.

"Avoid explicitly placing interactive controls at the bottom of the screen and in the corners. People use sliding gestures at the bottom edge of the screen to access the home screen and the application switch and these gestures can cancel custom gestures that they implement in this area. The far corners of the screen can be difficult areas for people to reach comfortably . "

The Apple website offers many examples of how applications will be viewed with system-provided items such as Messaging and Apple Music. Remarkably absent from Apple marketing materials are screenshots of applications in landscape mode apart from games, and the reason may very well be that many of them do not look so pretty in that orientation.

Using the iOS simulator in Xcode, several developers have shared screenshots of what landscape applications will look like on the iPhone X, and some of them have voiced their discomfort about how they look . As noted by developer Thomas Fuchs the horizontal orientation on the iPhone X seems especially worse in Safari, since Apple has websites that add bars to the left and right of the screen, all to avoid notch.

The situation is different for widescreen photos and videos, and full-screen games, which are partially superimposed by the notch .

 Fortunately for videos, at least Apple automatically inserts them to avoid the default notch. A user can double-tap a video to make it full screen, at which point the notch is again overlapped .

Meanwhile, based on Apple's size classes, the iPhone X is considered to have "compact width" and "compact height" in landscape orientation.

Due to the gesture-scrolling indicator of the iPhone X, its 5.8-inch screen actually has less vertical space than the 4.7- inch iPhone in landscape orientation, according to developers Sean Choe and Steven Troughton-Smith.

A number of technology enthusiasts believe that Apple should have given the iPhone X larger and lower bezels larger to avoid having a notch, similar to Samsung Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and LG V30. A few Twitter users went the extra mile to make fun of what the iPhone X might have looked like in that design. 

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