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More information comes to light about the fate of notched displays in next-generation Apple MacBook Pro laptops

A concept drawing of what a MacBook Pro with a notch could look like. (Image source: Weibo)
A concept drawing of what a MacBook Pro with a notch could look like. (Image source: Weibo)
More information about the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 has leaked, just a day before Apple's next hardware event. Seemingly, some of the leaks stem from schematics that REvil published earlier this year. The notch is not big enough for Face ID hardware, though.

An alleged photo of a MacBook Pro with a notched display has surfaced on Weibo. The idea of a notched display in the rumoured MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 has emerged late in the day as far as MacBook Pro leaks go. Understandably, MacRumors considered the rumour 'sketchy', dismissing it somewhat.

However, it seems that the above picture has been overlayed with schematics leaked by REvil in April. While the group decided against releasing all the information it obtained by hacking Quanta Computer, it did post nearly two-dozen images, including those embedded below.

(Image source: REvil via @MajinBuOfficial & @thatdave_k)
(Image source: REvil via @MajinBuOfficial & @thatdave_k)
(Image source: REvil via @MajinBuOfficial & @thatdave_k)

Evidently, the camera lens holder resembles an iPhone notch, albeit one without Face ID hardware. Instead, the notch contains a webcam and two other sensors, presumably for Apple's TrueTone technology. The schematics also show the camera holder centred at the top of the display with no other components, save for a cable connecting it to the bottom of the display.

Additionally, Safari Technology Preview now contains code for a 'Safe Area', which Apple explains for iPhones in developer documentation. For the record, we cannot find references to 'Safe Area' for macOS. In saying that, we should stress that the schematics are from an engineering sample and not a retail unit. Hence, the leaked display image could also be from a prototype, which may look different from those that Apple announces next week.

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(Image source: Weibo)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-17 (Update: 2021-10-17)