Buying a black iPhone 8 may be the only way to hide its rumored ugly notch


Apple finally sent out invites to its September 12 event on Thursday, and all signs are pointing to a completely redesigned iPhone that many are calling the "iPhone 8."


The phone is expected to look something like the phone on the right below:

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Mind you, that phone isn't the real deal. Instead, it's a mock-up based on the iPhone 8's rumored design, which is supposed to include an edge-to-edge OLED display, a redesigned camera system on its front, and other features. It's also supposed to have an awkward-looking "notch" on its top that will house the phone's front cameras and sensors.

If that mock-up is anything like what Apple will unveil on September 12, you'll have to buy one that's colored black to hide that goofy notch.


The iPhone 7 provides a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new phone. When the current iPhone is turned off and sitting on a flat surface, it just looks like one seamless piece of glass. That's what many say the iPhone 8 will look like as well.

iPhone 7

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Assuming Apple sells the iPhone 8 in the current iPhone colors - matte black, jet black, silver, gold, and rose gold - I would recommend the two former colors as opposed to the three latter ones, both of which come with white face plates. Personally, I always prefer the darker metal colors, as they make the phone look sleeker. But more importantly, they come with a black face plate that blends in with the glass display, which makes for a better cinematic experience.

In the case of the iPhone 8 - especially with this "notch" at the top of the phone - the darker metal colors with their black face plates are likely to be the only ones that help disguise that silly looking notch.

Of course, this is all conjecture since we're dealing with rumors and concepts. If Apple unveils an iPhone 8 that's completely unlike what's been rumored, you can ignore this advice.


But at this point, I'm inclined to trust the rumors, considering how many of the biggest leaks have come from within Apple (including the iPhone 8's design, notch included, leaking via Apple's HomePod code). So let's hope Apple makes an iPhone color dark enough to hide that notch.