In internet years, Mac360 has been around for 83 years. Says who? The American Kennel Club. Internet years must be like dog years, right?
We started life in 2004, and if we were a giant website, we would be 114 years old; if a small website (we’ve published over 9,000 articles in 15 years) we would be only 75 years old. In all that time we’ve seen it all. What’s bad and bad-mouthed becomes the latest trend for the cool kids.
Touch Me, Baby
Few technology gadget makers get laughed at and criticized as much as Apple, but it seems that whatever the company makes eventually becomes good and then turns into gold bricks. The Mac? Who needs a mouse? Now it’s all gold. iPhone? Laughed at. Now it’s gold, too. Onscreen keyboard? Big woof, right? Now Apple’s designs lead their respective industries wherever Apple thinks they should go.
Touch ID? Everywhere. Face ID? Competitors will catch up. Touch Bar? Hey, it’s better than a dick bar, and now it’s official. Touch Bar is cool. Yes, critics lambasted Apple for doing what nobody on earth every did before. Change the function bar into something more functional than built-in keys.
You know Touch Bar has arrived– probably more than 20-million have already arrived on earth– when iMore says it has. Rocker Lory Gil:
The MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is a fascinating feature that allows you to interact with your MacBook like never before. You’ll be able to use it for all manner of built-in apps, but there will be a ton of third-party apps with Touch Bar support as well!
The Mincey Plantation is home to a shiny knew MacBook Pro, Touch Bar class, and I’m here to proclaim that it’s a very cool touch– pun intended— to your keyboard routine; if you want it to. What Touch Bar does is remove the hardware function keys in favor of a long display strip that can be customized on a per app basis. That means Touch Bar is context sensitive– it can change for each app.
Gil and Mick Symons have a list of the best Touch Bar apps for the MacBook Pro.
- Pixelmator Pro
- Adobe Photoshop
- djay Pro
- Final Cut Pro X
- Microsoft Office
- Mail Designer Pro 3
Each Touch Bar strip changes whenever a particular app comes to the front of the Mac’s display. It’s like having 27-gazillion different function keys on your Mac. Or, you can toggle them back to the standard Mac function keys.
Alright, since important websites now have lists of best Touch Bar apps, it must be official. Touch Bar is cool.
Yet, if it’s so cool– every new MacBook Pro has a Touch Bar now– then why isn’t Touch Bar part of Apple’s Magic Keyboard?
Maybe it has to do with money. About 80-percent of all Macs sold these days are notebooks, and it’s likely that a large chunk of those are MacBook Air models without Touch Bar, so Apple needs something to differentiate the Pro vs. the Air. Macs that use Magic Keyboard are in the minority, so to paraphrase the Soup Nazi, no Touch Bar for you.