Apple internally refers to the weird sides surrounding the iPhone 8 notch as 'ears'

Apple is expected to unveil a redesigned, next-generation iPhone at its big event on September 12.

One of the expected signature features of the iPhone 8, as many are calling it, is its edge-to-edge OLED display that’s only interrupted by an awkward-looking “notch” on the top of the phone, which will house the phone’s front-facing cameras and sensors.

Though many are excited about the bigger and better display, not as many people are thrilled about the notch design, which was leaked by Apple’s own code for its new Home Pod speaker.

Iphone 8 dummy mkbhdYouTube/MKBHDThe iPhone 7, left, and a mock-up of the iPhone 8. Notice the ‘notch’ at the top of the phone.

While Apple might choose to hide this notch most of the time, like when a user is watching a movie, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple will not hide the notch for most apps with non-black backgrounds, and it will instead use that area to show status information like time and battery life.

Probably the best part of this report is the fact that some Apple employees refer to these areas next to the notch as “ears,” which is adorable — and also somewhat confirms this notch design is happening, if employees are already assigning nicknames.

Of course, as we’ve written, the only way to hide this rumoured notch will be to buy a black iPhone 8 (or any dark iPhone colour that comes with a black faceplate). The notch will only be more noticeable with the white faceplate, which comes with the silver, gold, and rose gold colours.

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