MacBook Pro 2016’s Touch Bar — Apple’s Tease to Touch in Computers
Apple opened a whole new world of possibilities by launching Touch Bar.
In this article you will find information about the Touch Bar as well as inspiration, UI Resources, Apps and GitHub Repos.
It’s been quite a while since touch was introduced to laptop/computers. Our friends at Microsoft have been doing some cool stuff with Surface Tablets, lately. Where as, Apple hasn’t given any touchscreen abilities to the Macs, so far. This move was intentional though, as confirmed by Jony Ive–Apple’s Design Chief.
Enter Touch Bar
Touch Bar is an OLED touch panel on the keyboard of your MacBook that performs different functions based on the app you are using. Basically, it pulls data from the app and shows it to you in a way you’re already familiar with. Hence, making it even more dynamic and accessible.
Apple has always been very specific and particular in involving the community of Designers+Developers on their new product releases, this time is no different. You may head on to this link to help yourself get started on Touch Bar.
Here’s how Design Community has been reacting to the MacBook Pro 2016’s Touch Bar
Twitter — Macbook Pro Touch Bar Concept
Touch Bar Vertical Swipe
Touch bar for VK Messenger
Touch Bar Concept for ESPN scores
Sketch S Touch Bar On The New Macbook Pro 2016
Macbook Touch Bar Ads
Macbook Touch Bar for Evernote concept
MacBook Pro Touch Bar UI Kit (for Sketch)
MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar mockup
Invision Touch Bar Track Pad
Touch Bar Concept. Macbook Pro
Night Rider Touch Bar
Macbook Pro Touch Bar — Starter Kit for Sketch
SoundCloud Touch Bar
Touch Bar interface for Slack
TouchBar for your old MacBook
Touch Bar Demo App allows you to use your macOS Touch Bar from an iPad (through USB connection) or on-screen by pressing the Fn-key. It shows the original Apple Touch Bar, which changes dynamically based on the app you’re currently using. With this demo app, you can try out the Touch Bar on any Mac that does not have a physical Touch Bar.
TouchBar for React Native macOS
You will require Xcode 8.1 on macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (12B2657) or later to be able to run this Github repo.
This GitHub repo would allow you to run Nyan Cat animation on your MacBook Pro’s Touchbar.
The TouchBar Simulator
This cool simulator allows you to run TouchBar on your now–old MacBooks. Magic, no?
Jony Ive also stated that the Touch Bar is just a teaser of the things that Apple has lined up for the near future. Hope that the future is bright and exciting!