With the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple took a note
from the iPhone and added a notch at the top of the display that
houses the FaceTime camera. Also like the iPhone, Apple decided to
fill the space around the notch with the menu bar.
For most people, it won't be an issue. However, if you're the
kind of person who uses a lot of menu bar icons or runs their
screen at a larger resolution, you might run into visual quirks
with the notch that you won't find on the iPhone. Since the macOS
menu bar is much more customizable and versatile than the iPhone's
status bar, some apps could cause issues that others don't.
So Apple has provided a fix of sorts. When you're in full-screen
mode, you have the option to display the menu bar under
the notch with a black strip around the notch. This is handy if the
app you're using isn't displaying the menu properly while in
To activate this, click on an app's icon in the Finder and Get
Info on it (Command+I on your keyboard, or go to File >
Get Info). If it's available, you'll find an option in the
General section to Scale to fit below built-in camera. Check that
box, close Get Info, and then when you launch the app and
go into full-screen mode, the menu bar will be positioned under the
Get Info on an app to
turn on the Scale to fit below built-in camera option.
According to Apple's Developer Documentation for User Interface,
this setting shows up if a developer doesn't write their software
to switch on its own. If a developer decides to write their
software to use the mode they deem best for their app, the option
is not available. Some of the apps that we found with this option
so far include Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Xcode, iMovie, GarageBand,
the iWork apps, Adobe Premiere Pro 2021, Affinity Photo,
Civilization VI, Cisco Webex Meetings, Spitfire Audio, and Cinema
4D. It's entirely possible that those apps and others will be
updated by their developers to use a preferred mode.
As noted in our full review of the 14-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro,
the notch doesn't infringe on the MacBook Pro's screen area. The
screen below the notch is a 16-by-10 space, and the notch and
screen on each side of it are extra space. When the menu bar is
placed in that notch area, it's actually giving you more room to
Top: By default, the menu bar runs through the notch. If menu
listings run into the notch, the menus continue after the gap.
WIth Scale to fit below built-in camera the menu bar is below the
notch. (Note: iMovie in this photo is in full-screen mode.
Also, the camera has been enhanced to make it more visible.)
In case you're wondering, this option is not available for the
macOS Monterey Finder, which is basically an app that runs in
full-screen mode all the time. So you can't block out the notch by
default, at least for now.
No Scale to fit option here.
As far as menu bar items, Apple will only allow them to fill the
right side of the notch, and will only show what can fit: When menu
bar space is constrained, the system prioritizes the display of
menu bar menus, as well as essential menu bar extras, such as
Clock. To ensure that menus remain readable, the system may
decrease the space between the titles, truncating them if