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Technology The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a mysterious 'lid angle sensor'

19:00  20 november  2019
19:00  20 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

The 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a different kind of Touch Bar

  The 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a different kind of Touch Bar The folks at 9to5Mac have discovered that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a different Touch Bar design.None other than 9to5Mac has discovered the image file within the depths of macOS 10.15.1 code, revealing Touch Bar and Touch ID modules that are separated by a cut of aluminum. As you may know, all Touch Bar MacBook Pro models to date have included the Touch ID module within the same display enclosure.

Apple’s new 16 - inch MacBook Pro not only has a bigger screen, but it returns to a scissor switch keyboard, has louder speakers, a better mic, and a lid angle sensor ? MacRumors found the mention of the new sensor in a service document that was sent to Apple Authorized Service Providers.

The 16 - inch MacBook Pro still has some mysteries left after its initial teardown. We've asked Apple if it can elaborate. The iFixit team has speculated that the sensor might be more sophisticated and track both the frequency and angle of lid openings to help the company diagnose certain problems

The 16-inch MacBook Pro still has some mysteries left after its initial teardown. Both MacRumors and iFixit have confirmed the presence of a "lid angle sensor" that appears to replace the usual Hall effect sensor (measuring the magnitude of a magnetic field) used to detect whether the laptop is open or closed. It's not certain what's different, but there's also a magnet in the hinge proper. An Apple support document asks technicians to calibrate the sensor to consider a display repair successful.

  The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a mysterious 'lid angle sensor'

We've asked Apple if it can elaborate.

The iFixit team has speculated that the sensor might be more sophisticated and track both the frequency and angle of lid openings to help the company diagnose certain problems -- say, stress on the display cable. It might have an easier time pinpointing systemic flaws.. However, it's not clear that's the case. For now, the one certainty is that Apple has used the 16-inch MacBook Pro as an opportunity to refresh many aspects of its design, not just obvious changes like the screen or cooling.

MacRumors, iFixit

Apple's next MacBook upgrades could be coming soon .
Last year's 16-inch MacBook Pro felt a bit like a return to form. While the latest iteration of Apple's flagship laptop didn't address the love-it-or-hate-it (but mostly hate-it) Touch Bar and an obnoxious lack of connectivity, it did have a much better keyboard compared to previous models. The new MacBook Pro replaced finicky butterfly switch keys with new mechanisms that make typing feel more natural and are more resilient to dust and debris. Naturally, one question on Mac users' minds was when Apple would bring the new scissor-switch-equipped keyboard to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air lineup.

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