Marco Arment on the iPhone X “notch”:
Many are now speculating that Apple will find a way to get rid of the iPhone X’s top “notch” (officially called the “sensor housing”) as soon as they can, and that this is a temporary design meant only for a few years. But I don’t think so.
Many app developers are planning to hide the notch in the UI with black bars. But Apple explicitly says not to.
This is the new shape of the iPhone. As long as the notch is clearly present and of approximately these proportions, it’s unique, simple, and recognizable.
I really hope developers ignore Apple on this one. That “notch” or whatever the hell you want to call it is ugly and needs to be fixed.