Why Does The iPhone X Have A Notch? Here’s The Truth!

You just got yourself an iPhone X and you’re wondering what the small black bar at the top of the screen is. This black bar is known as the “notch”, and it’s a new design feature introduced with the iPhone X. In this article, I’ll answer three main questions:

  1. Why does the iPhone X have a notch?
  2. How can I clean the iPhone X notch and keep it protected?
  3. Can I hide or remove the iPhone X black bar?

Why Does The iPhone X Have A Notch?

The iPhone X has a notch because it houses eight small components of your iPhone. The dot projector, infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, 7 MP (megapixel) camera, front microphone, and one of your iPhone’s speakers are all located in this little black bar on your iPhone X. Many of these components work together when you use Face ID on your iPhone X.

How To Keep Your iPhone X Notch Clean And Protected

As you can imagine, if this black bar on your iPhone X is dirty or damaged, it can cause Face ID or other key features on your iPhone to stop working. It’s important to make sure that the notch is always kept clean, and you can keep it clean by regularly wiping down your iPhone X with a microfiber cloth.

If you want some extra protection for your iPhone X, we recommend purchasing an iPhone X case to keep those small components in the notch safe in case you drop your iPhone. You spent a lot of money on your iPhone X, you probably want to keep it in good shape! We’ve hand-picked many different awesome iPhone cases, which you could find in the Payette Forward Storefront.

Can I Remove The Notch On My iPhone X?

Currently, there is no built-in feature that removes the notch from your iPhone X. However, you can download the Notch Remover app in the iPhone App Store which will extend the black bar horizontally across the entire iPhone X display.

The Top-Notch iPhone X Notch

Now you know everything you need to know about the black bar on your iPhone X. If anyone asks you, “Why does the iPhone X have a notch?”, you can share this article with them! If you have any other questions about your iPhone X, leave them in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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[…] Yes, the iPhone 11 and other new iPhones Apple releases in September will have a notch. This notch houses the front-facing camera as well as the sensors required to make Face ID work. Check out our other article to learn more about the iPhone notch! […]


Your the first one who has made any since reporting this problem….same here with my iphone7plus! same problem with my ipad pro. I see the black lock next to the wifi icon and have checked my settings and they are WPA/AES. I know I have my password right because its on all my other wireless products and it still gives me the same WEP security message with the secure icons showing. I have not had a problem with my MacbkPro. Hope Apple doesn’t go the Windows route and start messing up! I got to where I just couldn’t stand Windows… Read more »

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[…] a vertical camera because of all the tiny components inside the X’s notch. In all, there are eight minuscule pieces of technology inside the notch, many of which give your iPhone X its Face ID […]

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Dear A10, Thanks for the great question and I hope I can help you find iPhoto on your Mac. If you’ve deleted it, you should be able to redownload it using the Mac App Store. To access the Mac App Store, click the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner of your screen, click App Store…, and search for iPhoto. If your Mac says that iPhoto is installed, try searching your computer for it using Spotlight. Click the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of the screen and type iPhoto. iPhoto should then appear in the menu… Read more »


I’m sorry but the notch is only blackened out by the “Notch Remover” App in the Apple App Store. As soon as you open any app it simply appers back.