Have you gotten used to the notch in the new MacBook Pro?

While it’s much harder to find a product in reality than it has been in the past, it still seems like a good indicator of how well something is selling if you can’t find it at all. While the brand new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are likely to be like any other technology out there (including touchscreens in some vehicles) and being hampered by chip shortages in supply, the new professional laptops appear to be (or Laptops for professionals) sell quite well. Which also means that there are plenty of people out there who have a brand new laptop with a notch.

Which should be a wild thing to say, but honestly it isn’t. Apple’s inclusion of the notch in the iPhone X was a wild thing back then, of course, but the company’s seemingly slow move to adopt something that isn’t the notch always felt a little like they were just waiting for it prevailed. To be honest, I can’t say whether that is the case. I just know that most people “live with it” and would probably tell you that they don’t even notice it anymore. Which is probably the same in Apple’s eyes.

After all, the notch on the internet may at times have stirred up the same force as the company’s butterfly keyboard, but it certainly couldn’t stand the same pressure to get rid of it. The notch is just something that exists today, most reviewers don’t knock on it, and the fact that Apple slightly scaled back the design didn’t really seem to matter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure if Apple gets rid of the notch that feels inevitable, even if the company is slow, it will be showered with praise.

But that’s how these things work.

Before Apple announced the new, revised MacBook Pro models, the rumor mill had popped up prematurely about the new design. Lots of people were stunned and shocked that Apple was going to get the notch in a laptop. It’s not even included in the iPad range that adopted the “all-screen” design. Why on earth would a laptop be needed? Well, Apple has tried to explain that, but honestly it just comes down to whether or not you agree with it. Many reviewers of the new hardware said they completely ignored the notch in a fairly short amount of time. As if it wasn’t there at all.

I can’t do that with the iPhone’s notch. I’ve tried, sure. I expected it would “go away” on its own over time, especially after so many years of use. But that is absolutely not the case. I definitely still see it. I still hate it because it gets in the way of the content I want to watch on my phone. Other than that, it also didn’t make me switch to another device without a notch (with or without iOS on it), nor did I stop looking at things on my phone. Do I want the notch to be gone? Yes sir. But do i hate it? I don’t think so much anymore. I’ve reached the stage where I just live with it and quietly hope that one day Apple will see the light and work out the hardware things they want to work out and finally get rid of them.

But now that the rumor mill is already indicating that the MacBook Air will also add a notch in its redesign at the beginning of 2022, one has to ask: How long will the notch in Apple’s laptop lineup last? The company’s rationale for the existing hack would suggest. . . forever? Or at least until we get to a point where the company can put a front camera directly behind the glass and not lose quality in either the display or the camera itself, you imagine.

If it does, I’d just hope that it means that macOS supports Face ID as well. I understand the reasons for not recording it, and Touch ID works just fine in the newer MacBook Air and Pro models. But as someone who’s used Windows Hello (Microsoft’s facial recognition feature for Windows), it’s actually pretty nice. Pretty helpful. For example, I can just look at my computer and get started after it boots up. It’s a bit like the Face ID and / or Touch ID situation on iPhones. One is great! However, it would be really great if we had both in one device.

In any case, I’m curious how you hold the notch on the new MacBook Pro models. If you’ve been using your laptop for a while (especially every day), how do you feel about the notch? Are you used to being there? Do you hate it and are you returning your laptop because of it?

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