Apple has just unveiled the new MacBook Pros this morning, and as has been predicted, the laptop’s row of function keys has been replaced with a touchscreen running above the remaining keyboard. It’s official name is the “Touch Bar,” and it offers context-sensitive buttons on a Retina display that supports gestures as well as taps. Plus, Touch ID has been integrated into the power button, on the far right.
The Touch Bar adapts to whatever software you’re using. Some of the demonstrated examples include the bar displaying browser bookmarks in Safari, along with buttons for search, back, and new tabs.
Touch Bar does more than just hot keys, it can also display an app’s UI. This was shown off in Photos, with the Touch Bar showing a straightening tool. When writing an email, the bar will display spelling suggestions and predictive text, similar to iOS. iTunes, displays volume and playback buttons.
Touch ID’s debut on macOS. Just like on the iPhone and iPad, users can simply put their finger on the sensor to instantly login to their MacBook Pro. The sensor is handily located on the laptop’s power button, so turning it on and logging in are one and the same.