I don't get what immersive means anymore.

Raul Perțe
Sep 13, 2017 · 2 min read

In their updated Human Interface Guideline, Apple recommends to embrace the thing that the internet loves to call “The Notch”. So here’s how they thought we’d embrace it.

I always thought Apple was innovating only when they can provide a better solution, but that’s not the case here. Now, they’ve left us with a big pink elephant in the room and it’s only the beginning.


I couldn’t find any API for changing the background-background-color to match at least the first section of a webpage but I noticed it changes its background to white & black.

People will hold these “immersive” smartphones in hands, even when in landscape, I kid you not. By doing that, we’ll cover the screen with our thumbs, covering the notch and the white background-background altogether. Why not take advantage of that OLED Super Retina screen?

The real screen estate is the same, only less eye-bothering white pixels.

Even though most of the users are not using the iPhone in landscape, they’ll still have to pay over €1000 on it. Is that how you want your website to be experienced?


I completely understand that Mr. Notch is only here for a couple of years until we will have that perfect-rounded iPhone. This is just a compromise until then. You may call it courage on stage, but this your stylus Apple. You can get rid of the home button, but you can’t get rid of our fingers that stand between our eyes and the phone. You can’t make a notch for that.

Again, you can take advantage of that Retina S display and still provide a good immersive experience.

So, what’s next? Will you embrace The Notch?

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Jony Ive, right now.

Unfortunately, when Apple makes a decision, they stick with it so this is what they think it’s better for us. I’ll go and update my Dribbble profile description to “Notch Designer” — calling dibs on that one. It will only make sense next year when the next MacBook will feature rounded corners. And The Notch.

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