Apple: The notch is a “smart way” to make the screen of the MacBook Pro more spacious

In a recent media interview, an Apple official said the notch in the display on the new MacBook Pros offers a “smart way” to make the screen bigger and the bezels thinner. The official mentioned that the added screen real estate gives users more space for their content.

The notch on the new MacBook Pros was one of the few last-minute rumors ahead of Apple’s unleashed event last week. As it turned out, the rumor was true, and Apple incorporated the front camera and sensors into the notch. While the broader Internet has criticized Apple’s unconventional design choices, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have 24 percent narrower bezels on the side than the previous generation. Thanks to the notch, the top panel is 60 percent thinner than the previous generation and measures 3.5 mm, just like the side panels.

Regarding the notch on the Same Brain podcast, Shruti Haldea, manager of the Mac line of products, said it was a “smart” solution because it gave users more space for content by getting the macOS menu bar out of the way .

“We actually made the display bigger. As with the 16-inch notebook, this 16:10-inch window still has an active area of ​​16.0 on the diagonal, and we simply enlarged the display from there and placed the menu bar at the top. We just moved it up and out of the way. So it’s a really clever way to give you more space for your content, and when you’re in full screen mode, you have that 16:10 window and it looks great. It’s seamless. “

Yes, we agree that the notch is a standout design feature on the new MacBook Pros. However, Apple relies on macOS to better fit the bathtub notch in everyday use. For example, dark mode could hide the notch. When apps are running in full screen mode, a black border is added to the top of the display that also covers the notch. Developers can even program it to display the content of the application on either side of the notch.

However, Apple has made significant changes under the hood of the new MacBook Pros. The laptops have a redesigned case, an HDMI port, support for wireless charging from MagSafe and the mini LED display with ProMotion. Arguably the biggest change is the addition of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which are aimed directly at professional users. Both the 14-inch and 16-inch versions were pre-ordered last week and will be available to customers from tomorrow.

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