Apple Overhauls MacBook Line Part 2: You CAN Touch This

While PC vendors have made touchscreen computers for years, including some impressive hardware from Microsoft announced just this week, Apple has resisted. Steve Jobs used to say that users wouldn't want to constantly lift their arm to point on a display. That's why the latest enhancement to the MacBook Pro seems like a good compromise. The screen is still not touch-enabled, but Apple has replaced the function keys with a Touch Bar that is a multitouch-enabled color screen that adapts based on the apps running on the MacBook. Sometimes it will show volume buttons, other times a color bar, or even emojis, and so on. It's a clever compromise. 

Related: Apple Overhauls MacBook Line Part 1: Any Port in a Storm

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Apple also added Touch ID to the MacBook Pro. In addition to logging in to macOS, the fingerprint sensor can be used to login to websites. The third area of enhancement for touch is the Force Touch trackpad. It's even larger than before. While Apple may be reluctant to merge its iOS touch-based devices with macOS desktops and laptops, it looks like it found a way to mix the best of both worlds.

Touch Bar

Touch bar emoji

Force Touch pad

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