Have you had enough of the notch at a time when Android handsets with hole-punch displays proliferate? If so, this year's iPhone could finally bring us what we really want: a smaller notch.
With older iPhone models that had a Home button and no notch at the top, you could see your cell phone carrier in the status bar. But if you’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone X, iPhone 11, or iPhone 12 model, you can’t see the carrier like before. These phones have a notch at the top that limits the screen space for the status bar.
You can still find out your iPhone carrier company quickly if necessary, with a couple of gestures or the Settings app, here’s how.
Love it or hate it, the iconic notch has become a common addition to the majority of Apple’s present-day smartphones starting with the iPhone X in 2017. Unfortunately, it’s part of the handset’s hardware, which means all you can do is attempt to hide the notch with a wallpaper that incorporates a black background where the notch would ordinarily appear.
But even the aforementioned wallpaper ‘hack’ only works to your benefit in certain interfaces, like the Home screen and Lock screen. It falls short in application interfaces where the wallpaper isn’t visible, and that’s a shortcoming that a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed eggNotch by iOS developer Egg aka CRKatri doesn’t have.
We recently heard that the upcoming iPhone 12 may be the first to start shrinking the notorious notch, and now we have CAD drawings strongly suggesting that the rumor might be true.
Yesterday brought us images suggesting that Apple's next iPhone refresh may pick up a LiDAR scanner out the back, and now a newly leaked image this morning suggests that the upcoming device might also feature a smaller notch than the current iPhone 11 generation.
When watching videos in the YouTube app for iOS, those with notched handsets can view them one of two ways when the handset is in landscape orientation: 1) zoomed out such that the notch remains hidden in the video’s black side border; and 2) zoomed in such that the notch physically cuts into the video frame. Switching between these modes is as easy as using a pinch gesture while a video is playing.
As you might have noticed by now, some YouTube videos take better advantage of the wider display canvas, filling the display up to where the notch begins. This usually depends solely on the aspect ratio of the videographer’s filming equipment, but with the help of a new jailbreak tweak called Zoom For YouTube by iOS developer Lavie Gariv, users can synthetically impose similar scaling effects on virtually any video on YouTube.
The next iPhone models that Apple will probably release in the fall next year should feature smaller notices and have wider antenna bands to support 5G connectivity.
If your jailbroken iPhone sports the controversial notch at the top, then we’ve got some exciting news for you. A newly released jailbreak tweak called BoardBanner12 by iOS developer PeterDev can modify your handset’s incoming notification banners to make them a lot more notch-friendly.
As depicted in the screenshot examples above, BoardBanner12 pushes the notification banner up and into the notch at the top of the display, effectively filling all the screen real estate that is normally ignored by Apple’s native banner notification implementation. The tweak is purportedly based on a concept that surfaced on Twitter earlier this month.
If you’re lucky enough to sport a jailbroken iPhone X-style handset, be it an iPhone X, XR, or XS, then you might be interested in giving the standard Status Bar battery icon an upgrade.
Bazzi 2 is a new jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Blake Boxberger that permits two different types of battery-centric Status Bar customization, including integral battery icon displays and notch-based battery displays:
Love it or hate it, most of Apple’s modern-day mobile devices come standard with a top-of-display notch that houses the TrueDepth camera system used by Face ID for biometric authentication and for selfie images. Now that the notch has become the norm, the best thing you can do is embrace it; but why not go a step further and expand it?
NotchControl is a new free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer PeterDev that builds upon the notch’s native aesthetics and functionality. With it, you can incorporate new controls and information displays into the notch, such as things that pertain to music, time, or weather.
Notched iPhones, including the iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max, sport incredibly tall displays when compared with traditional non-notched handsets. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this can make accessing some of the handset’s features slightly uncomfortable when they appear near the top of the screen.
Apple provides a feature called Reachability to help with this problem, but many people leave it disabled because it’s easy to invoke by accident. With that in mind, if you’d like to make using the Camera app easier on notched handsets, then you just might come to appreciate a new free jailbreak tweak called CamControls X by iOS developer FoxfortMobile.
The notch at the top of modern Face ID-enabled handsets such as the iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max is a non-issue to me, but some people can’t seem to wrap their minds around having anything besides a straight line integrated with the display’s edge.
If you identify with the latter group of people and your notched handset is jailbroken, then you’ll be excited to learn that you can now download a newly-released jailbreak tweak called SmallStatusBarX by iOS developer level3tjg to hide the notch and enable the legacy Status Bar on relevant handsets.