This new app can decorate the MacBook Pro’s screen notch

This new app can decorate the MacBook Pro’s screen notch

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 (2021) were released earlier this year, and they’re some of the most impressive laptops you can buy right now. However, there is one design aspect that has received some criticism — the iPhone-like notch at the top of the display. Thankfully, there’s now a tool to help you make the notch a bit more fun.

Iconfactory is a long-time developer of Mac and iOS software, and the company released a new app on Friday called ‘Notchmeister’ (via MacRumors). The application allows you to pick from several decorations that appear below or around the MacBook Pro’s notch, including a glowing effect, a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica, holiday lights, and a radar.

Iconfactory wrote in a new blog post, “This holiday season we have a special gift for Mac users everywhere, especially ones with a new MacBook Pro and notch. We’re proud to announce the immediate availability of Notchmeister. So what does Notchmeister do? Think of it as a fun way to spruce up your notch. Or as a screen saver for something you can’t see. Or, maybe, just a useless waste of time.”

The source code for Notchmeister has also been published to GitHub, so anyone can take a look at how it works (or fork it and create their own version). It’s available as a free download on the Mac App Store, and comes in at less than 1MB in size.

If you’re considering buying one of the new MacBook Pro computers, we have a MacBook Pro 16 (2021) review you can read for our full thoughts (spoiler: it’s a pretty good laptop). We tried out the 16-inch model with an M1 Max, but Apple sells both 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, and each size has different options for M1 processors, memory, storage, and other hardware, serving a wider range of uses.

About author

Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.