Small Camera/Sensor in MBPr hinge?

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  1. mrwigster macrumors newbie

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    So I was just looking at the dust on my Macbook Pro Retina 15" [Early 2013] with my torch when I happened to notice, what looks like a small sensor/camera in the hinge, has anyone any idea what its for?
    (Right hand side of hinge, kind of inline with the F12/power button)

    It's a little hard to tell from this image, but if you try it yourself (point your iPhone torch at it, and it kind of reflects like a camera lens in a way).
    [​IMG]

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Petulka macrumors member

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    Probably light sensor (won't let you turn keyboard backlight on when it's too bright outside, you can cover it by hand).
     
  3. mrwigster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't think so - the webcam acts as the light sensor. I tried covering it/shining light at it and it's had no affect on either screen brightness or key backlight?
     
  4. Jaben3421 macrumors regular

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    That little spec is missing from my Late 2013 15" rMBP
     
  5. laurihoefs, Dec 10, 2013
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    laurihoefs macrumors 6502a

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    It's a stain.

    Use the black/gray microfiber cloth that was included with the rMBP to wipe it off. Add a tiny bit of water to the cloth if needed.
     
  6. Justinhub2003 macrumors regular

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    Hmm mine is missing this.

    Maybe you got the MacBook Pro NSA edition.. jk
     
  7. mrwigster, Dec 10, 2013
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  8. TooSmooth macrumors member

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    The NSA mandates these hidden cameras in 20% of all computers Apple sells. You got one.
     
  9. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    Looks like a stain to me, especially in the video.
     
  10. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Or a permanent molding defect. Checked mine yesterday and found nothing similar.
     
  11. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a

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    It's not a camera.
    It's not a sensor.
    It's a stain.

    If it can't be wiped off, it's a permanent stain/defect on the plastic surface.
     
  12. BigHam macrumors member

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    2nd this. How could it be anything else :rolleyes:
     

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