The notch of the MacBooks could well be used for something finally

The notch of the MacBooks could well be used for something finally

An inspired Australian developer recently designed an app that takes the notch in the new MacBooks and gives them a very interesting new use.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 M1 Pro battery notch test (1)
Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

If there is indeed a differentiating and recognizable design element that is increasingly installed in Apple products, it is this famous notch. Some largely accommodate it while others hate it with virulence. But although the majority have already overlooked this design element introduced by Apple in 2017 with the iPhone X, it continues to generate some debate about its real usefulness.

Especially since the announcement of the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches and that of the new MacBook Air M2 which incorporate it into their design simply to place a simple webcam there. And it is this exact problem that the Australian developer Ian Keen tried to solve with a new addition of his manufacture.

A Hub to AirDrop Files Faster

It was via his Twitter account that this developer shared his new creation under development. This is an application that allows you to transform the notch of MacBooks into a real file sharing window. For this, it has developed a light alert system that flashes the notch when the user moves files that can be shared via AirDrop.

Got inspired to build a little airdrop helper app tonight.

—Ian Keen (@IanKay) June 16, 2022

Files once selected can then be dragged to the notch and dropped to automatically bring up an AirDrop window with the files ready to send. An orange light signal is triggered when files are selected and it turns green once the documents have reached the notch.

An application that offers significant time savings and “visual utility” at the notch

This application is not yet available for MacBooks at present, but its inventor hopes to soon be able to offer a limited access version via the TestFlight development tool in the coming days. First of all, he would like to make sure that he can run his application on other machines, but also on Mac models that do not have a notch.

What do ya’ll think about this ‘notchless’ variant?

—Ian Keen (@IanKay) June 17, 2022

This shortcut seems very effective and should save time compared to what Apple offers to access this feature. Currently, transferring a file via AirDrop requires an additional step that requires the user to first click on the “Share” option before being able to access the sharing window.

So this shortcut seems like a good way to improve sharing experience on Mac. It might even be nicer if it only activated when the user hovered the files near the notch to avoid unnecessary activations. In any case, this will at least have the merit of giving another use to this good old notch.

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