...the Surface line, especially the Studio, is eating Apple's lunch. ...I hope Apple takes a few clues from Redmond. ...you can still learn from others.
Touch bar is worse than useless; it's a hindrance. 1) Adjusting the brightness and volume is too slow (two step process vs earlier one).
GokhanAppleİnsider said: 2) Siri button is too close to the fingerprint reader, making it very easy to activate by accident (my company uses the fingerprint button for authentication).
[...] I think it could really be a great tool for audio editing
I've been using the 15-inch MBP with Touch Bar for around 9 months now, and have found the Touch Bar pretty useless. I find that I use it mostly for brightness and sound, and some function key use but it's a lot slower and less productive than the traditional keys it replaced. Sure, there's an ESC key on the touch bar, but it's slower and because it's touch, you can't rest your finger on it to press it over and over without activating it. Remapping is a solution, but removing the functionality of a different key to have the functionality of every other keyboard on the planet, illustrates the failures of the current touch bar and overall keyboard design. There's also no touch feedback and the keys change so you have to stop and look down to use it, making it a lot less productive throughout a day of use, as well as more tiring, which the current keyboard also causes (without mentioning all the accidental presses). Keyboard shortcuts and the trackpad are quicker, more useful, and can do everything the touch bar does without ever looking away from the screen, so the touch bar ends up as dead space that actually removes functionality and practicality.
Is there potential for something similar to the touch bar? Yes, but with a different implementation in my opinion. Is it useful for beginners and iOS switchers? Probably. But for most seasoned Mac users and Pros? Probably not. Would a touch screen be better as this review suggests? Perhaps, especially under certain circumstances and with iOS apps. I wouldn't be surprised if there was an intense internal debate at Apple about this and they went with the cheaper "happy medium". I wish they would have given us the option of having the top of the line with a "normal" keyboard though (without going into the keyboard keys debate which is an entirely different problem which they're finally beginning to accept). Maybe they have a killer implementation in mind for the future, but we'll have to wait and see, with no other choice currently for 15 inch MBP users.
P.S. For those annoyed by the Siri button's accidental presses, remember, not only can you remove it in settings, but you can also fill that space with "dead" spaces so you don't accidentally press anything on the TB every time you use the delete key. It removed the annoyance, though you're still stuck with the accidental presses on every other key, even if it's less prevalent than the right corner Siri button.
"The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is well implemented, but serves no useful purpose"Well, says you, one person at AI.
darkpaw said:I like the Touch Bar.[...] it has Touch ID, which is very useful.
darkpaw said:If you want tactile keys, then why are you using an iPhone which has no physical keyboard? I don't see you complaining about that.
darkpaw said:For those of us who actually went and tried out the Touch Bar before we bought a £3,000 laptop, we bought it for a reason, based on use. If you went out and bought a Touch Bar MBP without trying it out first, is that how you normally spend that much money?
GeorgeBMac said:With Touchbar, Apple was responding to 2 things:1) Touch screens -- which they didn't want to do because they suck.
you want tactile keys, then why are you using an iPhone which has no
physical keyboard? I don't see you complaining about that.