Video: We've seen a lot of unorthodox uses for the MacBook Pro's fancy new Touch Bar, including using it as a piano, or turning the whole machine into Kitt from Knight Rider. But playing a simple version of the classic puzzle game Lemmings might be the most brilliant use of the hardware upgrade yet.
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Ever since Apple dropped its latest MacBook Pro with a cool but mostly unnecessary Touch Bar, programmers have been jumping at the chance to make cool but mostly unnecessary apps to run on it. This new one does not break from that tradition but it does turn your MacBook Pro into Kitt from Knight Rider.
Logging into your computer with your fingerprint isn't new, but it still makes me a little giddy when the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, glowing brighter than the backlit keyboard appear, encouraging me to use my Touch ID to log in. I follow the Touch Bar's direction, and then I'm into my laptop. It's instantaneous. The fingerprint reader is one of the smallest improvements to Apple's all new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but it might just be my favourite. There, hidden beneath the MacBook Pro's flashiest gimmick, is something incredibly functional and natural to use.
Hey did you see those new MacBook Pros? One of their big new features is the Touch Bar, an OLED strip that morphs into pretty much whatever button or slider you need it to be. Well, you don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to get the Touch Bar experience anymore: here's how to test it out today.
The first thing I did, when presented with the new Macbook Pro, was reach for that dimly lit display just above the keyboard. The new Touch Bar is the most exciting part of the new MacBook Pro. It's a Retina strip that sits on top of the keyboard (Retina commonly denotes a super high DPI) and is a replacement for the function keys that have existed on laptops for what feels like forever.
Today's Apple event was, uh, shockingly similar to Microsoft's live event yesterday. Both opened with a montage of each brand's products helping differently abled users experience the world through technology and then focused almost entirely on a single piece of expensive, touch-sensitive hardware. And what a piece of hardware Apple rolled out.