The Touch Bar

The Touch Bar

I upgraded to a 13" 2018 Macbook Pro a couple weeks ago so this is my first time using the touch bar. Some thoughts:

I've been trying to use my Macbook Pro as more of a laptop and not always hooked into a monitor. I figured this way I'd be able to really test out the Touch Bar and what it can do. I haven't found one place where the Touch Bar has come in handy. I even used Better Touch Tool with it to take advantage of some of widgets it has to offer. Nothing has really stuck for me. If anything it makes doing common tasks like adjusting volume and brightness take longer. Touch ID is nice but I wouldn’t consider that part of the Touch Bar now that Apple has released a Macbook Air with it.

I'm so used to using keyboard shortcuts that the actions that appear on the Touch Bar take longer for me reach up and tap. There also seems to be some inconsistency with the brightness of the Touch Bar screen vs. the monitor brightness. I'm always finding myself making the monitor brighter to match the OLED screen on the Touch Bar.

I'm not sure if this an app problem either. Many apps have taken advantage of the Touch Bar but none have done anything that seems necessary. My theory is that if apps used the Touch Bar as a better way to display more data as opposed to placing tap action on the screen it would be better served. For instance, Ulysses could display stats like word counts and reading time or Things could display the number of remaining task. The whole taping the Touch Bar to do an action is just not sticking with me.

In the the end, the Touch Bar should have been for the Macbook and Macbook Air lines. People with less knowledge of keyboard shortcuts could really take advantage of it. I'm going to keep my purchase for the upgraded processing power but there's part that wished I upgraded to the 2018 Macbook Air. I may take a loss in power but I'd be able to keep my media keys and still be able to use Touch ID.

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