The day has finally arrived where Apple answered the hopes and prayers of many MacBook owners. With the 2021 MacBook Pro, we not only have an all-new design and the re-introduction of things like MagSafe and non-Thunderbolt ports, but the display is also incredible.
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The display features Apple’s ProMotion technology with a variable 120Hz refresh rate. There’s also even more screen real estate with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Plus, Apple has implemented its mini-LED technology to provide incredible picture quality. But all of this is being overshadowed by the decision to include a notch.
What’s Wrong With The Notch?
As I wrote previously, there’s really not much to complain about with the notch. However, this sentiment is not felt across the board, as we continue to see less-than-stellar interactions. One example comes via Quinn Nelson, who was simply trying to use the popular iStat Menu app to view various pieces of information. As you can see from the video below, iStat Menus has not been updated and instead of cutting off at the edge of the notch, some of the stats hide behind it.
WHO DESIGNED THIS?! 😂 pic.twitter.com/ADVqmfdqV2
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) October 26, 2021
There have been other examples of how the notch does not play well with applications. One such example was with someone playing Rocket League on their new MacBook Pro. The score and time remaining was hidden behind the notch, leading to another frustrating implementation.
How To Hide The Notch
It’s clear that developers still need time in order to properly account for how the notch is integrated. Luckily, there is a workaround available that forces the app to essentially ignore that the notch is even there.
Apple has even updated its support documentation to reflect the changes. Here’s how you can hide the notch on your MacBook Pro without downloading any other apps:
- Quit the app that is not working properly with the notch.
- Open Finder on your Mac.
- Click Applications in the sidebar.
- Locate and highlight the app in question.
- In the menu bar, click File.
- Select Get Info from the drop-down menu.
- Click the checkbox next to Scale to fit below built-in camera.
Once this has been enabled, the next time that you start the app in question, it will completely ignore the notch. Instead, the app will fill the 16:10 display area below the notch and menu bar, providing a more traditional experience while using your MacBook Pro.
It’s obviously not the greatest solution in the world, but until more developers account for the notch, this is the best option we have.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.