Another year, another Apple MacBook Pro, but before you gripe about the company’s new attempts to win over more customers, know that the addition of a new feature might just be worth your time with this one. The new laptop comes with a touch bar, and you can do a whole bunch of things with it too. Furthermore, it is thinner, and even lighter than its predecessor. The keyboard has been flattened out and the touchpad has been expanded to create more room for your fingers. It even comes with a brighter Retina screen and a faster flash storage. However, not everything about it is great. Because the laptop has been made thinner, Apple decided to make some functionalities to exit the device, and with it lets users having to deal with a truckload of dongles.
The Apple MacBook Air Presents a More Streamlined Look, But it Comes With Added Shortcomings
First up is the new feature for the Apple MacBook Air (2016) – the Touch Bar. It is a long, skinny OLED touch capacitive screen that can be found right above the keyboard. It replaces the traditional F1 to F12 keys. Furthermore, opening the lead will let you notice that there are two keyboard keys that have also left the premises – the escape key and the power button.
Looking at the far right of the Touch Bar, you will be able to see and use the fingerprint scanner. The technology for the scanner is similar to the one that is being used by the iPhone. In other words, it employs Touch ID and Apple Pay for secure system log-ins, as well as for online payments. By default, the Touch Bar will display the system tools, and these include volume control, screen brightness, and some others. However, when you start selecting apps such as Safari, there will be contextual commands that will appear on the Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Controlling them is as easy as touching them.
Because of the inventive Touch Bar, it does streamline a whole bunch of clicks and tasks when using the Apple MacBook Pro. However, even though the new laptop has been made slimmer, there is now a bunch of things that have been removed in the process. It’s included USB-C ports mean that you will be carrying a bunch of dongles at one time. Furthermore, it doesn’t have high-end graphics nor does it enable users to benefit from larger RAM options. Ultimately, while the idea is good for the new feature, just about everything else for the laptop lacks innovation. There are even some who would call it a downgrade over its predecessor.
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