A MacBook Pro with a notch on the screen? I do not think so

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A last-minute rumor has spread online claiming that Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pros will have a notch similar to the iPhone. Don’t take it too seriously, however, as the rumor is probably not true. In fact, it doesn’t even make sense at all.

As Notebook Check reported, there has been an influx of Mac rumors over the past few days, and some of them are just plain crazy. Speculation is swirling because of the upcoming Apple ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday, but perhaps the strangest rumor is that the new MacBook Pros will have a notch on the screen.

A conceptual mockup of the MacBook Pro with a notch on the screen.
A model of MacRumors. MacRumors

But in all likelihood it won’t happen because there really is no reason for it. The iPhone has a notch to accommodate the infrared sensor for Face ID. So the only reason Apple would decide to include a notch on the Mac is for this feature, which isn’t expected on Mac devices for at least a year.

Of course, there are other logistical issues. The notch is a feature that is lamented by many, especially since all of the major Android competitors have abandoned it to this day. So why bring it to the Mac when it doesn’t need it?

Much of the rumor stems from Reddit user U / NickXiao, who wrote a lengthy article on some potential features of the latest MacBooks. His opening line shows how believable the rumor is. It reads:

“Before I disclose all of this information to you, I have to be honest —— all of it is second-hand or even third-hand information, because I have no source myself…”

Not really convincing. The rest of the article includes more common (and more believable) rumors about mini-LED displays, ProMotion, a redesign, and more port selection.

Other rumors include an all-black keyboard area (instead of just the keys), bigger fans, and a thicker chassis. The supposed notch would accommodate a 1080p webcam, TrueTone sensors, and an array of mics. However, it’s hard to see why a notch would be needed for these things.

So don’t hold your breath on this particular rumor, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be turned on. There are a lot of great things to look forward to at Apple’s event. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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