Apple Says MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar Is Not Just A Secondary Display

Posted: Oct 29 2016, 1:13pm CDT | by , in Apple


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Apple Says MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar Is Not Just A Secondary Display

Some of us are of the view that the new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is a bit underwhelming. Yet we also believe that developers see a great potential with this Touch mini screen. Well as per Apple this is certainly not the case.

TechCrunch has noted that Apple wants you to take the Touch bar very seriously. Unless you want to be scolded by Jony Ive’s voice, below are some things Apple has explicitly told developers not to do with the Touch bar.

• The Touch bar should not be used as a secondary display. Technically it is a screen but its main function is as an input device.

• Don’t make use of buttons wacky button designs. The buttons of the Touch bar should resemble the appearance of the physical keyboard.

• Don’t you dare place keyboard shortcuts there.

• Don’t add animations.

The Touch Board is considered to be an extension of the keyboard and people don’t expect animation in their keyboard normally. Apple is trying to keep things in check so the Touch board does not become a mess of glittery unicorn doodles and so on.

It should remain as an extension of your keyboard rather than your display. Of course Apple has just given guidelines. This does not mean Apple is preventing from developers to do all these things.

There are however many other things to do on a secondary Touch display and Apple is just preventing them as a taboo. Below are some things you can do with the Touch bar.

• Use it as a RSS feed

• Use it as twitter feed

• Weather updates

• Touch bar mini games We can just hope

Apple does not push the kibosh on the developers with more of their guidelines. Here is How Touch Bar works on the new MacBook Pro.

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