apple tech

Handling the notch

Apple-watchers agree that iPhone Pro’s screen will feature a hardware “notch”—a cutout in its otherwise bezelless design for the camera, earpiece, and other sensors. But there’s less agreement on how the notch will be handled in software. The current status bar doesn’t seem to fit. Where will the omnipresent, centered clock go—if it remains onscreen at all?

One potential approach, which I’ve hacked together and included above, is to adopt a “two-row” status bar. This would take advantage of the vertical screen space to the notch’s left and right. Here, I’ve center-aligned the various indicators, since the rounded top-left and top-right corners made left- and right-alignment look odd. The clock gets pride of place at top left.

Thanks to Evan Blass for the iPhone Pro render and to Olivier Charavel for the notch mock-up. ■


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Marketing mess

Listen, Peter Jackson. I get it. Why not stitch together your Hobbit promotional posters in Photoshop? It’s quicker, easier and (most importantly) cheaper than assembling your lead actors for an in-person studio session.

But if you’re going to piece together a digital composite, you’ve got to do a better job than this.

Aside from some heavy-handed color grading, nothing about this image makes me believe these actors are in the same hemisphere, let alone the same room.

The litany of offenses:

  • Every actor is staring in a different direction.
  • Bilbo looks like a two-dimensional overlay. Notice how his face casts shadows to the right (unlike every other character in the scene).
  • Thorin (far right) looks decidedly low-res (zoom in to check out his grainy muzzle).
  • Fíli (taking up the rear) has no cobwebs on his clothes.
  • Neither does Dwalin (just in front of him). In fact, of all the characters, Dwalin looks most out-of-place. He grins (everyone else appears über-serious). He swings his hammer at some invisible foe (everyone else awaits battle). He glares left (everyone else stares to the right). Finally, his hue, contrast, and edges don’t match the scene, making him stick out. Was Dwalin pasted in by a third-grader wielding safety scissors and a glue stick?

Let’s hope that Jackson & Company edit the upcoming film with more care than this trainwreck of a poster.