MacBook Pro With Notch Was Potentially Leaked Months Ago in Stolen Schematics

Following a last-minute rumor that upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models could feature a notch at the top of the display, it has come to our attention that this design was potentially leaked in stolen schematics months ago.

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Back in April, a ransomware group known as REvil publicly stated that it had gained access to internal information from Apple supplier Quanta Computer in Taiwan, and the group demanded payment in exchange for keeping the information private. Some of the information still leaked, including alleged schematics for unreleased MacBook Pro models that corroborated the return of an HDMI port, SD card slot, and MagSafe.

Now, we have learned that one of the schematics that leaked back in April shows a MacBook Pro display with a notch. In fact, the alleged photo of a MacBook Pro with a notch that surfaced earlier this weekend is overlaid with the schematic of the notch. We've elected not to share an image of the schematic itself since it is stolen material.

It wasn't obvious from the schematic on its own that it represented a notched display instead of a standard FaceTime camera module, but when paired with the new photo that leaked, the situation becomes clearer. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that Apple settled on a notched display as the final design for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, so we'll have to wait until Apple's event to find out for certain.

A close-up view of the alleged notch in yesterday's leaked image appears to show a FaceTime camera, microphone, and an ambient light sensor for True Tone. Earlier this week, a Reddit user claimed that the next MacBook Pro will not feature Face ID despite having a notch, with a Touch ID sensor expected to remain above the keyboard for authentication.

Last month, in the macOS Monterey beta, MacRumors discovered potential display resolutions of 3024x1964 and 3456x2234 for the rumored 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, respectively. When subtracting 74 pixels from the height of both, the resulting 3024x1890 and 3456x2160 resolutions work out to an aspect ratio of 16:10. All of Apple's current MacBooks feature a 16:10 aspect ratio, leading to speculation that the extra 74 pixels could be for a notch.

Apple's virtual "Unleashed" event begins on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are also rumored to feature a faster version of the M1 chip and brighter mini-LED backlit displays, while the Touch Bar is expected to be discontinued in favor of a return to physical Fn keys.

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Top Rated Comments

Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
13 months ago
Before people freak out again, I want to make sure to post this.
The notch is *not* A subtraction from the current screen.
The idea is, the menu bar would be pushed upward, up where the border currently is, and you will have more room beneath the notch for your current content.
Monterey allows for a black menu-bar to always be visible, even in fullscreen.
So that’s how it will be.
The notch *WILL NOT* Cut into your content, because the only thing that will be in the notch sides is the menu bar.
The regular 16/10 Display will be beneath the notch, and that is where all of your content will be.
For full screen video, there are already black bars on the current MacBook Pro. These will not be going anywhere, so again, the Notch will not cut into your 16/9content.
For photo editors, the menu bar will be shown in full screen apps, and your photo editing area will only be in the 16/10 Area beneath the notch, so when you zoom in your photos, it will not cut into your content.
And, if it bothers you that bad, I guarantee that within the first hour of this thing being available, a terminal command will be found to revert it back to the old MacBook Pro style, and the notch area will just turn black.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RedTheReader Avatar
13 months ago
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
13 months ago

Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t get what confirms this to be a notch. Couldn’t this just be a module hidden in the bezel?
When you combine this leaked photo of an actual MBP display with the weird resolution (that only makes sense when 74px is subtracted) along with Safari Technology Preview throwing out an error about “safe” display zones like iPhone, there’s only one logical conclusion.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
InGen Avatar
13 months ago
To those weirdly against the idea of a notch, if it is a full edge to edge display with no bezel, where would you want the webcam to be placed?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bsamcash Avatar
13 months ago
Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t get what confirms this to be a notch. Couldn’t this just be a module hidden in the bezel?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WaffleBoi_15 Avatar
13 months ago

Apple is over
That's what people like you have been saying for years now and it's still never happened.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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