Apple Reminds Developers to Update Apps for the iPhone X

Last Edited: October 28, 2017 | Published: October 28, 2017 by


Apple Reminds Developers to Update Apps for the iPhone X

With the pre-order of the iPhone X a resounding success, selling out and making the device unavailable until sometime before Christmas, and with the official release coming in just a week, Apple is trying to make sure that there are many compatible apps for their next generation iPhone. In a developer post, Apple has let all the developers know that the apps need to be adjusted and resubmitted for compatibility with the new iPhone X.

Here is what Apple had to say:

“The future is almost here. iPhone X will be available November 3. This stunning device features the all-new Super Retina display for more immersive experiences and Face ID, a secure new way to unlock, authenticate, and pay. The TrueDepth camera works with ARKit, and the A11 Bionic chip is designed for Core ML and Metal 2. Download Xcode 9.0.1, test your apps in the iPhone X simulator, and capture screenshots. Then submit your updated apps and metadata in iTunes Connect today.”

Because of the design differences from previous devices, Apple has already released a set of guidelines and suggestions on how to deal with the differences. The iPhone X’s sensor housing and home indicator could interfere with many existing apps design. This will require changes from the developers.

“Don’t mask or call special attention to key display features. Don’t attempt to hide the device’s rounded corners, sensor housing, or indicator for accessing the Home screen by placing black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Don’t use visual adornments like brackets, bezels, shapes, or instructional text to call special attention to these areas either.”

Even web developers will be affected by the new design change, with many websites showing white bars along the sides unless new code is introduced to consider the new notch design of the iPhone X.

It’s important to remember that the suggestions by Apple are just that, suggestions. Just because they recommend it, doesn’t mean you have to do it. In fact, many developers are coming up with their own solutions to the problem. Needless to say, there is a good chance we will see some innovative solutions to the design differences of the iPhone X in the coming weeks and months. Eventually, standards will most likely be set, although there will be nothing official. Most developers will find a solution that works best and adopt that into their design.

The notch design has presented challenges to developers, but also is stirring up controversy among users as well, because of these design difficulties. We will have to wait and see how the developers solve these problems for their users in the coming months.

Do you plan on getting an iPhone X? If so, did you pre-order yours or will you wait for it to be available in stores? What do you think about the new design and do you think it will impact the apps you use on a regular basis? Sound off with your opinions about Apple and the iPhone X in the comments below.

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