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The new MacBook Pros, for the first time in a Mac, feature a notch. While some have been quick to criticize Apple's design choice, it turns out that the notch may not be entirely visible in day-to-day use when using apps in full screen, as when macOS apps are in full-screen mode, it essentially disappears.

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According to Apple's marketing material, when macOS apps are in full-screen mode, macOS places an artificial black bezel at the top of the display that essentially hides the notch. When users are not in full-screen macOS apps, the notch remains, and the macOS Menu Bar has been made thicker to accommodate the notch.

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The inclusion of a notch allowed Apple to make the bezels on the new 14-and 16-inch MacBook Pros considerably thinner compared to the previous 13-inch and 16-inch models. The new displays, for the first time in a MacBook, are Liquid Retina XDR displays and include ProMotion technology. The new MacBook Pros are available to order starting today and will begin shipping next week.

Article Link: macOS Hides the Notch on New MacBook Pro in Full-Screen Mode
 

iamyash

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when not using apps in full screen mode, you can see the notch so best thing to do is set a black wallpaper or something similar to hide the notch :)
 
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zakarhino

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the lack of Face ID is a crime. its so much better for this form factor than the other devices even

Face ID on a MacBook is a waste of time because to authenticate an unlock or purchase you need the user to press a button... a button such as the one with Touch ID already in it.

That combined with the fact that many of us like to cover our cameras with a sticker means Touch ID is the better option all around. Not sure why people are so upset that MacBooks don't have Face ID.
 

_Spinn_

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I guess this makes the notch better. On my iPhone the notch doesn't bother me at all - I'd rather have the notch than a bezel. But on a laptop I'm not so sure...the slightly larger bezel doesn't bother me.

I still can't believe they added the notch without adding FaceID.
 

DesertDrummer

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Do people actually use programs in full screen like that? I surely dont!

Maybe watch a photo full screen at times, thats the only time I'd notice this!
I do all the time. VSCode, Xcode, MS Teams, Calendar, iTunes even. I much prefer switching desktops with a quick keystroke (or, more often, finger-flick) than trying to find a particular sub-optimally-sized window.
 

blazerunner

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Do people actually use programs in full screen like that? I surely dont!

Maybe watch a photo full screen at times, thats the only time I'd notice this!
Most people don't. I don't know why full screen is pushed at all. It's largely useless and for anyone who does any multitasking, it creates problems rather than solving any.
 

DesertDrummer

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So they make the bezel much bigger on the top then call this hiding the notch? Okay, semantics I guess. I'd rather have the full screen and see the notch but whatever.
The problem is, they can't really do that. Existing software hasn't been written to understand that a small portion of the top of the screen might be covered by a notch, so if they just fullscreened things ignoring the notch, many programs might be rendered difficult or impossible to use properly.
 

zachz

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Well you’d need a display as thick as an iPad Pro.
I’m embarrassed that I’ve never once thought of or considered thickness when it came to FaceID on a MacBook…

Maybe they‘ll do something similar to Huawei’s laptop and put the camera and FaceID tech in a pop out on the keyboard ?
 
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