Today, Apple informed developers that all new apps that are submitted to the App Store must support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display, starting this April, reports 9to5Mac. This decision means iOS developers will be required to create apps that accommodate edge-to-edge and yes, the notch. New apps must also be built with the iOS 11 SDK.
Apple’s decision to include the notch has been a point of contention for many, but it’s a design the company has leaned into. Over the past months since its release, it’s become a recognizable feature for the device, helping to create a visual identifier that sets it apart. Other companies have even knocked off the notch, creating a whole segment of derivative devices.
Apple has not set a deadline for when existing apps must be updated to these new guidelines, only that new apps must adhere to them beginning in April.