Apple seems to have forgotten that it built a notch in the MacBook Pro
Apple’s new MacBook Pro notch is misbehaving. Early adopters discovered inconsistencies in how Apple handles the notch on macOS and in individual apps, resulting in unexpected behavior where status bar items may be hidden below the notch. These inconsistencies give the impression that Apple forgot, in some areas of macOS, that it built a notch into the MacBook Pro.
Snazzy Labs owner Quinn Nelson posted two videos on Twitter demonstrating some of the early rating issues. The main video shows what appears to be a bug in macOS. Status bar items such as Apple’s battery indicator may be hidden under the notch when status bar items are extended.
Nelson demonstrates this with the iStat menus, which can be hidden under the notch or can force system elements like the battery indicator to be hidden under the notch. While Apple has given advice to developers on how to work with the notch, the developer behind iStat Menus says the app is right. using standard status elements and that Apple’s development advice “will not solve the problem presented in the video.” This does not appear to be an expected behavior, as the notch works differently in some applications.
Nelson also points out how an older version of DaVinci Resolve avoids the notch. In apps that haven’t been updated for the notch, you can’t even move your mouse pointer there. Apple is blocking this space so that older apps cannot display menu items below the notch. 9to5Mac points out that this behavior is inconsistent in the rest of macOS, so if you have the Finder active, the cursor may get lost behind the notch.
The notch can also exacerbate existing macOS issues. Applications such as DaVinci Resolve (with extended menu items) can take up space used by system status items. MacRumors points out this is normal macOS behavior, but the notch obviously reduces the amount of space for menu items and status items. It is an ongoing problem that has spawned applications like Bartender and Bulldozer to help manage the macOS menu bar.
It’s unclear how Apple will address these inconsistencies, even if the developers update their regular apps to get around the notch. Fortunately, these issues will be extremely rare and will likely only appear in apps with many menu or status items.
Either way, it’s odd that this wasn’t a design consideration before the MacBook Pro launched. As Edge editor-in-chief Dieter Bohn says so: “So the team in charge of menu items in applications was read with a magnifying glass, but the team in charge of menu status items was not?” MDR “
In other words, don’t blame the app developers, it will always be their fault.