Apple’s new MacBook Pro has a notch

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Apple is adding a notch on the display of its new MacBook Pro models. It’s a cut-out that will house the camera system, much like how Apple moved to a notch design for its iPhone X launch in 2017. The surprising addition of the notch comes in the new 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch models, both of which are equipped with updated Apple M1 silicon inside.

Both the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are completely redesigned, and the bezels have been trimmed down thanks to this notch. The bezels at the side are 3.5mm — that’s 24 percent thinner than before — and up top, it’s 60 percent thinner. The macOS menu bar now wraps around the camera, and it seems to look a lot better with dark mode enabled so the notch isn’t as noticeable.

The webcam inside the MacBook Pro’s notch.

The camera inside this notch is now improved, too. It’s 1080p with a wider aperture and a larger image sensor that should provide better low-light performance. Apple is using computational video on this webcam, including noise reduction, machine learning-based face detection, local tone mapping, auto white balance, auto exposure, and smart HDR features.

Yet despite all these improvements, it’s still just a regular webcam and Apple hasn’t added Face ID here. Apple justified its move to a notch on the iPhone X with the introduction of Face ID, but the notch here appears to be more about shrinking display bezels.

The 14-inch is also 120Hz with HDR support, so you do get a big jump in fluidity for the notch. Apple is also adding an SD card slot, HDMI port, and more hardware improvements. You can read more about the new 14-inch MacBook Pro here.


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