In an unsurprising turn of events, Apple announced today that beginning in April, all new iPhone apps will be required to support the notch that's on the iPhone X. This includes universal apps, which are single applications that support both iPhones and iPads.
If you're one of the customers that purchased Apple's new thousand-dollar smartphone, then you know that apps can be a bit of a mixed bag. Sometimes, they take up the full screen, wrapping around the notch at the top. Other apps haven't been optimized for that, and users will just see blank space for anything that goes beyond the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio.
The news comes from an email that the company sent to developers, saying the following:
Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later. All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps, must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.
The firm has also updated its page for app submission guidelines to reflect this change.
Again, this isn't surprising at all. The change in policy only applies to new apps, although it's extremely likely that in the future, Apple will set a deadline to require all updates to apps to support the iPhone X notch.