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

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.

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danvalor Avatar
6 weeks ago
For all the people stuck with legacy vintage devices heres a new wallpaper so you can feel fancy.

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IsaacM Avatar
6 weeks ago
Great design solution! It's really a win-win.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
G5isAlive Avatar
6 weeks ago
and yet people that with no intent to buy one.. will still complain
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
netkas Avatar
6 weeks ago
Apple

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Rychiar Avatar
6 weeks ago
the lack of Face ID is a crime. its so much better for this form factor than the other devices even
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rorschach Avatar
6 weeks ago
Sooo…why not just keep the top bezel at that point? Extra space just for a taller menu bar?
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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