Apple patent offers sketch of possible Notch implementation in new MacBook Pros – .

Apple patent offers sketch of possible Notch implementation in new MacBook Pros – .

Following the last-minute rumor that Apple’s upcoming new MacBook Pro models may feature a notch at the top of the screen, much of the discussion online has raised concerns that such a notch could encroach on the active area of ​​the screen, potentially encroaching on the macOS menu. bar.
However, it should be noted that Apple has explored ways to include a notch in a MacBook Pro display that would prevent intrusion into the main screen area, make the notch transparent against a black stripe, and potentially allow ‘display additional user information which would also free up space in the menu bar in the 16:10 main display.

For example, an Apple patent filed in 2019 with the United States Patent Office entitled “Electronic Device Display With Extended Active Area” describes, among various embodiments, a laptop computer with a rectangular main screen and two “Extended regions” between the screen and an inactive border, wherein “the first and second rectangular extended regions are on opposite sides of the camera”.

Specifically, the “first and second rectangular extended regions of the laptop computer display icons on a black background while the main rectangular region displays a rectangular image.”

“The first and second extended regions can be located on opposite sides of a camera or other electrical component in a protrusion or an island-shaped portion of the inactive region. Icons or other information may be displayed against a black background in the extended regions, giving the screen a continuous and uninterrupted appearance. “

Such an implementation would of course require a significant adjustment to the way the menu bar works on these new Mac models in the final version of macOS Monterey, and nothing has been proven so far.

The notch rumor, while seemingly sketchy in itself, has gained traction since Friday, initially due to a discovery by MacRumeurs screen resolutions that will be featured in the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

In the beta version of ‌macOS Monterey‌, MacRumeurs discovered potential display resolutions of 3024 × 1964 and 3456 × 2234 for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Subtracting 74 pixels from the height of the two, the resulting resolutions of 3024 × 1890 and 3456 × 2160 give an aspect ratio of 16:10. All of Apple’s current MacBooks feature a 16:10 aspect ratio, which suggests that the extra 74 pixels could be a notch.

The possibility that the Friday rumor might have some substance was reinforced by an alleged photo of a MacBook Pro display with a notch that was originally shared by a Weibo account.

Apple is hosting a virtual event Monday at 10 a.m. PT, with rumors widely suggesting that the event will focus on the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with a faster version of the M1 chip, mini displays. -Brighter LED, MagSafe and additional connectivity.


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