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Great announcement, it shows that Apple is still willing to bring the premium features of the iPad line down to the entry-level devices of the platform over time, increasing the attractiveness of the iPad line to a wider audience. Hopefully we will get some new iPad Pros with lower price-points on top of this.
I love the technology and the potential of the TouchBar but personally don't find it very useful. To me, the biggest drawback of the TouchBar was that it's treated as an extension of the keyboard. The power of the keyboard in many people's eyes is that it's a rapid input device that doesn't require you to take your eyes off the screen. The TouchBar is the exact opposite of this and I believe Apple should treat it as an extension of the TouchPad.If you moved the TouchBar to be to be above the TouchPad and only make it as wide as the TouchPad instead of the whole keyboard as today, then I think it becomes far more useful. It can be controlled by your thumbs without taking your hands off the keyboard, which I believe would be far more convenient than the lifting your wrists and stretching your fingers to reach the TouchPad of today.I don't claim to have any usability studies to back this up, just my 2 cents. What do you guys think?
How is this app that much different any app that has 'everything-and-the-kitchen-sink' built into them (like Facebook had they not broken Messenger out into a separate app)?And why is WeChat so popular in China? What's to prevent the latest and greatest chap app to come around in a year or two to knock it off its pertch?