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IN Science & Technology ON 28 Oct, 2016
Apple announced its new MacBook Pro at its "Hello Again" event, held at its campus in Cupertino. And the most visible new feature in the new MacBook Pro was the 'Touch Bar,' a thin horizontal touch screen that sits adjacent to the top row of the keyboard (Yes, it replaced the little-used function keys)
Apple made the new Touch Bar, the star of the event. The company devoted much of the 82-minute keynote showing it off and explaining how it can be used with an array of third-party applications.
Let's take a view, how MacBook Pro Touch Bar feature actually works and what we can do with it.
It is an OLED strip at the top of the keyboard that acts as a software enhancement, providing additional functions to the apps on MacBook Pro.
It also gets featured with a Touch ID fingerprint authentication module on its right side. And this portion is protected by a sapphire glass cover.
The items that appear on the 'Touch Bar' will vary depending on the app we are using, or what do we want to do. For instance, say we have Safari open, it'll let us scroll through different favorite sites or open tabs. And, if we are in iTunes, it'll let us control the music. That seems cool now!
The MacBook's keyboard may have been Apple's attempt at a blank canvas.
The Touch Bar has been in development for mare than two years. Do you believe it?
The 13-inch laptop with a Touch Bar costs $300 more than the same laptop without it.
...there's another aspect of the Touch Bar that Apple conveniently glossed over; it looks extremely uncomfortable.
When we are using the keyboard to type and select a command, we're not looking down.
We have to interrupt our flow, look down, slide your finger along the strip, and then go back to whatever we were doing before.
Now, it's hard for me to imagine that it would not lead to some sore hands and stiff necks.
Of course, what's convenient is pretty subjective, as everyone has their own preferences, for what kind of setup works for them. On the other side, some developers are excited about the new Touch Bar and the possibilities it opens up.
What are your views on this?