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You can add the iPhone X’s notch to any other iPhone

iPhone X Release Date

No other iPhone on the planet has the iPhone X’s sleek all-glass and steel construction. You also won’t find the iPhone X’s stunning new OLED display or its impressively narrow bezels on any earlier iPhones. The iPhone X’s buttonless face is unique to the new model as well, and the vertically oriented dual-camera on the back is a one-of-a-kind, too. But the most important feature on the iPhone X that you won’t find anywhere else is obviously that “notch,” or the huge bite taken out of the top of the phone’s display.

No, the notch itself isn’t what’s special about the iPhone X. In fact, many people find it to be quite ugly. Instead, it’s the TrueDepth camera and sensor array situated within the notch. While TrueDepth and the Face ID tech it enables will never make it to any older iPhones, there is now a way for anyone with any iPhone model to get in on the action and add the iPhone X’s notch to their own iPhone.

Twitter user @heyeased is best known for the glitch wallpapers he makes for the iPhone and other Apple devices. His most popular one was a terrific black wallpaper that would make the iPhone’s dock background and folder background disappear when applied. Check it out, it was fantastic — but sadly Apple fixed the bug that made it possible.

He has made plenty more wallpapers since then, some that exploited odd iOS bugs and others that just look cool on the iPhone’s screen. But his latest creations don’t exploit any bugs. In fact, they don’t even look cool. Instead, the new pair of wallpapers on his site are meant to be a joke, and they add the iPhone X’s notch to any other iPhone once they’re applied.

One of the new “Joke X” wallpapers is dark, which means that the time is still visible in the fake notch at the top of the screen. The other one is light though, which makes the text on the iPhone’s screen black so that the time is hidden in the notch. They’re both fun though — well, for a minute or two — and you can download them on @heyeased’s website.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.