Let's put my uncontroversial view out there - the iPhone 8 screen is ugly. Oh, so fugly.
Come on, Apple. Your iPhone screen looks like a badly made Chinese screen protector.
Once upon a time, I used to be one of those people who thought about sleeping outside the Apple Store the night before an iPhone release (I never did that though), giddy for the new bells and whistles Jobs, Ive and their team bolted onto an already amazing device. The collective excitement for iPhone releases have waned in recent years. I tried to Google some statistics about the number of people who line up outside Apple Stores on the night before release, but couldn't find anything reliable. Instead, I found a good proxy for the excitement levels for iPhones - sales figures from Business Insider:
I am trying to swim against the tide of consumer sentiments, but I find myself feeling something very far from excitement with the release of the iPhone 8 - I feel dread. There seem to be some possible solutions, but I cannot yet see how to design a beautiful user interface that fit nicely with the dreadful notch on the iPhone 8 and still give them some sort of functional purpose.