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The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros both feature a notch, a first for the Mac. Given we've never had a notch on a Mac, there are some questions over how macOS handles the notch, and more specifically, how the mouse pointer does.

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The predicament about how the mouse pointer handles the notch has been a question floated across Twitter and Reddit over the last 24 hours or so since the new MacBook Pro's announcement. An animation posted on Reddit portrayed two main possibilities, one in which the mouse pointer travels behind the notch, being invisible to the user. The other option showcased the mouse pointer traveling around the notch.

The new MacBook Pros will begin arriving next week, but thankfully, we don't have to wait that long to get an answer. Linda Dong, an Apple designer, has confirmed on Twitter that the macOS pointer travels behind the notch, allowing users to essentially hide the mouse pointer from view.

This behavior will come in handy, fundamentally making the notch a hiding place for the mouse pointer. This may come in good use, for example, when users want to more easily hide the mouse pointer while they watch a video.

Apple is taking steps to make the notch less of an annoyance for most customers in day-to-day use. When macOS apps are in full-screen mode, Apple adds an artificial black bar to the top of the display that hides the notch. Developers can, however, opt to allow their apps to make full use of the entire screen real estate, notch included. Learn more about the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros in our comprehensive roundup.

Article Link: How the Mouse Pointer Deals with the Notch on the MacBook Pro
 
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RedTheReader

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It still seems sort of surreal that we’re even having this discussion. Only 6 days ago, I was laughing at the people who believed that these MacBooks would have a notch. I thought it would stay on the iPhone only.

But, I guess you know what they say: “The notches start coming…”

 

V.K.

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This is a sensible solution and the option to let devs decide how they use the top strip of the screen with the notch makes sense to. People are having kittens about the notch but it's clear already that Apple has implemented it pretty well. The alternative would have been to have a much bigger bezel at the top which could not be used for anything.
 

newbmacuser2021

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This is a sensible solution and the option to let devs decide how they use the top strip of the screen with the notch makes sense to. People are having kittens about the notch but it's clear already that Apple has implemented it pretty well. The alternative would have been to have a much bigger bezel at the top which could not be used for anything.
Can you confirm that the new MacBook Pro 16” is 16.x inches and not 16.0 inches?

Otherwise, they just added a notch and you lost that screen real estate.

Pixels don’t count, because the PPI varies (a 21” and a 23” monitor can both be 1080p).
 
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newbmacuser2021

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It's 16.2

MacBook Pro 2019 16”
  • 226 PPI
  • 16‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit display with IPS technology; 3072‑by‑1920 native resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors

MacBook Pro 2021 16”
  • 254 PPI
  • 16.2-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display;10 3456-by-2234 native resolution at 254 pixels per inch

It looks like they just added the notch.
 
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