Apple’s new MacBook Pro has its function keys replaced with a ‘Touch Bar’ which is a mini touch screen that lets users interact directly with any software, whether editing photos or videos. It provides a shortcut to commonly used buttons like cropping images, etc when using it to edit photos & turns into a timeline when editing audio or video. It’s also a very effective slideshow tool & great for picking emoji while writing messages.
Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple, said: “It’s a retina display, multitouch, responding to gestures and taps. We call it Touch Bar. First it replaces the standard system functions, but it goes way beyond that. It adapts to whatever software you’re using.”
Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering for Apple, showed that the Touch Bar could be used for navigation in browsers, photo manipulation and text suggestions when typing. It can also suggest and insert emojis without leaving the keyboard.
The right end of the strip now contains Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button, which is similar to the one fitted to the iPhone and iPad and can be used to unlock the laptop and confirm payments. The new Force Touch trackpad is also twice the size of the old one.
Check out in Depth Overview of Apple Touch Bar:
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