New MacBook Pro Could Have a Notch, Says Sketchy Last-Minute Rumor

According to an unsubstantiated rumor, Apple's new MacBook Pro models could have a notch that houses the webcam.
MacRumors render of the next-generation MacBook Pro with an notch. MacRumors render of the next-generation MacBook Pro with an notch.

According to a Weibo user from China, the rumor claims that the new MacBook Pro will have a notch. It appears to be similar in size to the iPhone 12. DuanRui, a Twitter user who frequently shares information from Weibo about Apple's plans, suggested that this rumor might be just a joke. However, another Reddit user, with no track record, claims to have made the same claim. He also claimed to have spoken with supply chains sources.

Reddit's post states that the new MacBook Pro will have a standard-sized notch, rather than the smaller one found in the iPhone 13 line. The MacBook Pro's notch does not contain a Face ID TrueDepth sensor like the iPhone. Instead, it houses a 1080p webcam and True Tone sensor.

Apple claims that the MacBook Pro's four edges were not equal in width despite a notch at the top of its display. The notch design will also be featured on the 2022 redesigned MacBook Air.

The claim might seem absurd at first but MacRumors has revealed that the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will have resolutions of 3024 x 1964 and 3456 x 2234. The aspect ratio of 16 to 10 is achieved by subtracting 74 pixels from both the heights of the two devices. Apple's current MacBooks have an aspect ratio 16:10. This is despite the fact that they allow for a notch of 74 pixels.

The TrueDepth array of cameras in the The iPhone 11's TrueDepth camera array is also known as the "notch."

There are many questions about how macOS would handle the notch. It would eat into the Menu bar. It also seems bizarre that Apple would give the MacBook Pro an extra notch while keeping Face ID and similarly sized bezels.

Reddit and Weibo also mention a rumor that the entire keyboard of the new MacBook Pros will be black. This is "probably the most significant visual change to the keyboard since the Unibody redesigns more than ten years ago." The MacBook Pros will become thicker and have larger fans, which is not surprising.

Although this is an unproven rumor, it is important to note that Apple has been blindsided before with claims that the Apple Watch Series 7 would have the same round design as the Apple Watch Series 6. This claim was mocked online, but eventually proved to be true.

Apple's notch is a well-known brand symbol, and makes the latest iPhones easily identifiable. Some users have criticized the design for being too simple. If it is true, then the MacBook Pro's notch would be ridiculed for being a highly anticipated device.

It is widely believed that the new MacBook Pro models will be unveiled at Apple's Unleashed event on Monday, 18 Oct.