Apple’s newest MacBook Pro, released in 2016, is a considerable departure from its predecessors. Battery life is much shorter, it no longer has standard USB ports and of course, it comes with a hefty price tag. However, the most notable detail is the new Touch Bar. For anyone considering buying the 2016 MacBook Pro, it is important to read reviews before going to the store, whether physical or virtual.
Macbook Pro Touch Bar Review
The MacBook Pro with touch bar is thinner and lighter than even the redesigned 2015 12 inch MacBook. Its case is made of aluminum, the trackpad is larger and the keyboard is recessed like in the 12 inch MacBook. The laptop has upgraded speakers that are louder and is available in the classic silver as well as the all new space gray. Paying a few extra dollars will also net you the brand new Touch Bar feature.
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It should be noted that the Touch ID isn’t nearly as fast as fingerprint scanners on many current smartphones. However, when it is used, you can more quickly sign in to your computer.
The Touch Bar is the standout focus of the 2016 MacBook Pro. While many people will no doubt find this feature something along the lines of impressive and even revolutionary, others will probably think it’s an unnecessary addition. Apple has even been advising developers against revealing features that are exclusive to the Touch Bar.
At the same time, the Touch Bar does allow easier access to features that would otherwise be more difficult to find.
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The Touch Bar takes up the entire row above the keys that make up the keyboard. There are no longer the standard function keys, but the great thing about the Touch Bar is that you can customize its set of four fixed buttons within macOS Sierra to those that you most frequently use for quick access. With that said, if you rarely use Siri, you can simply remove it from the Touch Bar and add in the feature you prefer.
The Touch Bar itself even has its own set of apps. Some of these include Adobe Photoshop, Artistry Photo Pro, 1Password and Day One. However, there is the issue of the Touch Bar being more like a menu than quick controls, which is what it was meant to be considered. Many users have so far complained about the feature, which Apple will no doubt tweak with software updates that can refine it.
In some ways, using the Touch Bar tends to slow you down instead of allow you to work faster. Overall, it is a feature that is neat in many ways but that may frustrate you in others.