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This article was published on February 16, 2018

Apple says all new iOS apps must accommodate the iPhone X’s notch

Apple says all new iOS apps must accommodate the iPhone X’s notch
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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If you’re building a new iOS app this year, you’ll have to ensure that it fully supports the iPhone X’s Super Retina Display – which means that it’ll have to accommodate the notch, reports 9to5Mac.

The rule comes into effect from April 2018 and concerns apps submitted from then onwards; Apple will also require devices to use the iOS 11 SDK for their builds.

That’s not surprising, given that the iPhone X did fairly well last year. According to Canalys, Apple shipped 29 million of them in Q4 2017, and KGI Securities claims that the company will launch a 6.1-inch sequel to the handset with the trademark notch – albeit at a more reasonable price – later this year.

Interestingly, Apple didn’t say anything about existing apps needing to update with iPhone X support and iOS 11 SDK. While most devs worth their salt will fix their apps to at least display as intended on the bezel-less device, others may neglect to do so. Maybe the company is just giving itself time to fix iMovie.

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