Apple’s biggest changes to its MacBook range in 2018 may be focused on overhauling the processors inside its notebooks, but it’s making the most of one of its most misunderstood features that I really hope changes this year. I was one of what seemed like only a few people – outside of Apple, at least – upbeat about the Touch Bar when it first arrived on the MacBook Pro in 2016, though even then it was clear there was room for improvement. Apple’s concept of a contextually changing array of shortcuts placed within easier reach of your hands on the keyboard had potential, but its first implementation felt cautiously tentative.
Unfortunately, since then there’s been no blooming of the Touch Bar adventure. For all Apple has been pushing the envelope with near-bezeless displays and gestures in iOS on the iPhone X, macOS still makes only rudimentary use of its touchscreen. Meanwhile, the growing normalization of touchscreen displays on Windows PCs, not to mention tablet users of iPads, increasingly leaves Apple’s Touch Bar direction looking ill-conceived.
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