We've been hearing for months that Apple is going to released
two sizes of MacBook—14-inch and 16-inch—with a new design that
trims the bezels and dramatically decreases the overall size of the
enclosure. But a new rumor suggests that the screen will be even
closer to the edge than we thought—so much so that it will require
a notch for the front camera. Twitter user DuanRui, who reposts
seemingly credible rumors from Chinese social media accounts, has
posted an image of a screen display component with a
camera cutout clearly at the top.
While it's sure to be a polarizing visual feature, the rumor of
a notch doesn't necessarily mean the MacBook will have the same
camera array as the iPhone. In fact, rumors still insist that the
MacBook Pro won't have a Face ID sensor and will still rely on
Touch ID for biometric authentication.
So why would Apple move to a notch on the MacBook Pro? Most
likely the reason would be because the bezels around the display
would be too thin to house the front camera. The current 13-inch MacBook Pro's top bezel is roughly a
half-inch, so the need for a notch would represent a significant
thinning of the space around the display. Previous rumors have also
claimed that the bezels will be too thin to fit the MacBook Pro
name below this display.
However, while a notch seems to confirm that the MacBook Pro
will have a Liquid Retina display with rounded corners, it doesn't
necessarily mean the notch will be visible to users. Apple could
use software to block out the area around the notch to give the
appearance of a thicker bezel. The camera array could also pave the
way to add a TrueDepth camera and Face ID in a future update.
Apple is expected to unveil the new MacBook Pro alongside a new
M1X processor at its Unleashed event Monday at 10 a.m. PT.