MacBook Pro: Is the Touch Bar a gimmick? – CIO

Hipster-Police: “I also think they missed out when they didn’t add a haptic engine to the Touch Bar. I have long since got used to it though, and luckily it doesn’t bother me at all.

As for its usefulness, it wasn’t what sold me to the computer. I treat it as something good to have over a must have: it’s far more useful than standard function keys, but I didn’t expect it to be a game changer in any way.

Similar to my Apple Watch, I was an early adopter too, and on release it was super useful as a simple add-on to my iPhone. Two years later it feels more refined, and now I barely leave the house without it.”

Relatedartists: “I totally get the physical feedback aspect. But it replaced the function keys, which were generally never used. So it’s not really a loss imo.”

Boiiiscout: “I disagree. However, the silver bullet here might be BetterTouchTool. It’s amazing, and you can make your own interface for the touch bar.

I have auto-macro’s to turn off wifi, turn back on, then command r in case the wifi drops out

I am 2 taps away from quitting all apps, and 2 taps away from ejecting all external drives.

I have one tap shortcuts for all the apps I need to be instant. I can turn off turbo boost with a tap. I can see the time, and also power time remaining right from the touchbar.

And, now I can switch apps from recent on my touchbar, instead of cmd-tab, without having to rotate through them.

…I even mapped every single alphabetic key on it, so I can technically type on my touchbar.

All thanks to BetterTouchTool

FYI: If you are annoyed that the escape key is more right than it used to be, the left side still works, even if there’s no screen part there, the digitiser is still there.

Yep, it’s annoying to have no feedback, thats my only gripe.”

Pleasant_chap: “I personally really like it over the function keys which had no use for me. The only thing that sometimes irks me is that adjusting the volume requires two taps and the lack of support in Chrome, but it’s not worth switching over to Safari just for those features for me.”

Dmcarefuldriver: “So you call it a gimmick without explaining what’s gimmicky about it. You don’t actually discuss any of the features/changes it brings, and you imply that your only issue with it is the lack of tactile feedback.”

Willparkinson: “The Touch ID sensor is far more useful than anything that comes up on the touch bar.”

Hofdu465: “Everyone agrees it’s a flop for several reasons: no tactile feedback, not pressure sensitive, always-on backlight is additional battery drain, it’s a solution in search of a problem

Maybe they’ll get it right in Touchbar 2.”

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