Everyone is a critic. Somewhere around 17 seconds after Apple introduced iPhone X and displayed the screen’s Notch in all it’s bull horn, multi-eared glory, everyone who writes anything about Apple, formally or informally, instantly became a critic.
The Notch in iPhone X is that utterly visible bar centered at the top of the screen. It’s not just there for beauty. Notch has purpose. Look at iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, or any previous iPhone going back a few years, and you see almost the same thing. A visible forehead almost an inch high which contains camera, speaker, and other hidden techno-goodies. The Notch is different. What if the Notch came to the Mac.
Like A Fox
The Notch on iPhone X is fully utilitarian as it contains the standard fare from iPhones past, plus the TrueDepth Face ID technology which sets this iPhone apart from others. It does not take much effort to see where TrueDepth and Face ID technology will go in the future.
iPad. All iPhones. The Mac. But does the Notch need to go to iPad and Mac? No. My firs thought is, “That would be dumb.” No, the Notch is not dumb. On the iPhone X, Notch mashes up convenience with security with laws of physics in a design we talk about now but will forget a few months after everyone has a hand on their very own iPhone Xs.
Curved.de has a few mockups of Notch in iPad and iPhone, plus the Mac. Frankly, I can see TrueDepth and Face ID showing up in future iPad models, but not the Notch. iPads have screen real estate not found in the iPhone line.
Not bad, right? The mockup shows a very nearly bezel-less design, complete with an iPhone X-like Notch at the top. That makes the iPad about as close to all screen as you can get and still brings Face ID’s security-meet-convenience technology to more Apple products.
What about the Mac?
It almost seems silly to think of the Notch as a worthy addition to a Mac’s screen. After all, the Mac is bigger, heavier, and a micro-bezel display might have some strength issues, but I have to admit that it grows on me– especially when I consider just how much convenience there is with Face ID security.
The mockups displayed on Curved.de are just that. Designer mockups. I first thought the Notch was a dumb idea on the iPhone X, but it became more visually palatable and I have no doubt it will fade into insignificance with daily use. Notch on iPad even makes sense. The more I look at the mockups of a future line of Macs– with the same, distinct Notch built into the screen– the more it appears viable.
My change in perspective has limitations, though.
To be honest, my first thought at Notch on Watch was, “That’s crazier than dumb.” Amazingly, with a little more thought and some time devoted to looking at the mockups, a micro bezel screen and built-in Face ID– along with a visible Notch on Watch– might make sense in some future version. More visible screen space. More security, capability, and convenience– especially if Watch Notch has a FaceTime camera built in.
Maybe Notch is not so dumb after all.