Apple has taken the wraps off its new MacBook Pro, and it’s ditched the row of physical function keys that’s been on every personal computer for decades.
In their place, there’s the “Touch Bar,” a thin touch display that provides different settings and shortcuts based on what you’re doing.
It looks pretty wild! It’s also pretty different. So to give you a sense of how it works, here’s a quick look at some of the things you can do.
The Touch Bar is a multitouch little strip that adjusts dynamically, depending on what app you're using. If you're browsing the web, for instance, it can preview your open tabs. If you're checking your calendar, it can give you shortcuts for each day.
While you're web browsing, you can quickly scroll through your saved favourite sites, then open them with a tap.
It can also suggest words while you're typing, much like the on-screen keyboard on the iPhone and iPad.
Whatever settings you see aren't necessarily static. You can add other options and shortcuts in as well, at least on the system level.
Next to the Touch Bar is a TouchID fingerprint scanner, much like what you'd see on the iPhone. That means you can make payments on certain web sites.
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