New MacBook Pro Might Have a Cut, Last Minute Rumor

Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pro models could feature a notch containing the webcam, according to a last-minute rumor circulating online.

MacBook Pro notch functionalityRendered by MacRumors of a next-gen MacBook Pro with a notch.

The rumor seems to come from a Weibo user in China, who states that the redesigned MacBook Pro will feature a notch. It is apparently “similar to iPhone 12” in size. Twitter user known as “DuanRui,” who often shares information about Apple’s plans from Weibo, suggested that the rumor maybe just a joke. That being said, a Reddit user with no background who claims to have spoken with supply chain sources has now made the same claim.

The Reddit post states that the new MacBook Pro will feature a full-size notch rather than the smaller one in the iPhone 13 lineup. Instead of housing a TrueDepth Face ID camera like on the iPhone, the MacBook Pro’s notch apparently houses a 1080p webcam, a True Tone sensor and a microphone.

Even with a notch at the top of the screen, Apple wouldn’t have been able to give the MacBook Pro four bezels of equal width. This notch design is also apparently planned for the 2022 redesigned MacBook Air.

While the claim may seem laughable at first, the Redditor pointed out MacRumors‘Noting that the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros will feature resolutions of 3024 by 1964 and 3456 by 2234. Subtracting 74 pixels from the height of the two, the 3024 by 1890 and 3456 by 2160 equates to an aspect ratio of 16 :ten. All of Apple’s current MacBooks have an aspect ratio of 16:10, so with a height of 74 pixels for a notch, that point seems plausible.

iphone11truedepthcameraThe iPhone 11’s TrueDepth camera array, known colloquially as the “notch.”

Huge questions remain as to how macOS would handle a notch, as it would clearly eat away at the menu bar, and it seems baffling that Apple is giving the MacBook Pro a notch while retaining Face ID and sized bezels. equal.

Another rumor mentioned in the Reddit post and on Weibo claims that the entire keyboard area of ​​the new MacBook Pros is black, rather than just the keys, in what is “probably the biggest visual change to the keyboard since the redesign of Unibody over a decade ago. ” There’s also the not unreasonable claim that MacBook Pros will get thicker and have bigger fans.

This is a rumor from unproven sources, but it should be noted that Apple’s rumor mill has already been caught off guard, as with the last-minute claim that the Apple Watch Series 7 would present the same rounded design of the Apple Watch Series 6, which was derided by online watchers but ultimately turned out to be true.

The notch has become something of a brand icon for Apple, making the latest generation iPhones very recognizable. The design feature has been criticized for its lack of elegance by some users, and if found to be correct, the MacBook Pro’s notch would likely be a source of derision for a device that was otherwise highly anticipated.

The new MacBook Pro models are expected to be announced on Monday, October 18 at Apple’s “Unleashed” event.

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