If there’s one new flagship feature of the new MacBook Pro, it’s the Touch Bar, an OLED display strip that replaces the function row and dynamically changes depending on the app you’re using. Here are 10 cool things you can do with it.
When you receive an incoming call via FaceTime or through your computer, the Touch Bar will automatically transform into a place where you can accept, decline, or send a message, much like in iOS.
Even though Apple replaced the function row with an OLED display, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t access the function keys when you need them. All you need to do is hit the Function (FN) at the bottom and boom, there’s your F1 through F12 keys.
Brightness, Volume, and More
How do you access all the default functions that were previously there? Simple. You will now see two virtual buttons that let you adjust display brightness and speaker volume as well as other features such as accessing Launchpad and Mission Control.
Scroll Through Photos
When you are looking at bunch of photos in the photos app, you can quickly scroll through them by just swiping across on the Touch Bar. I actually find this to be super cool and helpful.
When you go into edit mode in the photos app, you can do things like adjust and crop photos right from the Touch Bar. This is so much like iOS it’s not even funny. It also happens to be one of my favorite features.
Quickly Get To Emojis
Emojis are fun but they can often be difficult to access on the Mac. With the Touch Bar, Apple is making it easier to access them.
Apple is allowing users of the new MacBook Pro to customize the Touch Bar with their favorite shortcuts. For example, you could add one for quickly composing an email or to quickly stylize text.
For those of us who type frequently, this might be one of the best features. I’m assuming you’ll be able to do this with other third-party apps too.
For the first time, Apple is putting Touch ID on the Mac, and with it, you can make purchases via Apple Pay right on the web.
Are you a Final Cut user? If you are, Apple is adding the ability to quickly scrub through your timeline so you can quickly jump to the scene of your choice. This seems more precise than using the trackpad, no? Still, I love the visual element of this.
Scrub Through Video
When watching a video, you can now use the Touch Bar to quickly scrub forward or backwards in the video. This is a nice feature that I think I would use quite often. I’m curious if you’ll be able to do this on websites like YouTube and Vimeo.
Other neat functions include the ability to quickly pick colors via a sliding color picker or the ability to easily invoke Siri. There’s really a lot of cool stuff that can be done as a result of the Touch Bar. It’s a welcome change to an area of the keyboard I almost never use.
What are the chances they bring it to the iMac?