According to the usual practice, there are still more than two months left before Apple’s new iPhone will debut at the autumn new product launch. In addition to the new iPhone that has been exposed in large numbers, news recently revealed that the new MacBook Pro is also expected to be available It was officially unveiled soon. Regarding the new MacBook Pro model, a recent analysis report from the consulting company DSCC shows that in addition to the M1X chip and MagSafe magnetic fast charging interface, it will also cancel the Touch Bar.
In fact, with regard to the news that Apple may “cut off” the Touch Bar to replace the traditional function keys on the new MacBook Pro, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and many other sources including Bloomberg have also given similar revelations.
As the first time Apple brought it on the MacBook Pro in 2016, it was designed to replace the traditional keyboard F1-12 and ESC physical keys. Over the years, it has not been recognized by a large number of consumers like other innovations. Even many consumers think that Touch Bar is “a pity that it is tasteless to abandon.” So much so that competitor Microsoft, in its Surface Pro 7 advertisement at the beginning of this year, also deliberately picked up the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar as the background board, and borrowed the actor’s mouth to complain, “Why can’t they (Apple) just give me the entire touch screen? “.
It is reported that the OLED screen named Touch Bar above the MacBook Pro keyboard has a resolution of 2170×60. As an independent component, the Touch Bar has a 128-pixel-wide screen area as the system button area, another 608-pixel-wide screen as a control bar, and a middle 1370-pixel width as an application area, and is powered by a separate ARM processor ( T1 chip) drives and runs the “magic modified” version of watchOS.
In terms of functionality, the Touch Bar can also quickly access the functions of the system or application. For example, when the user is editing a document, the Touch Bar can provide controls to adjust the font type and size; when the user is viewing a map, the Touch Bar can quickly find a gas station, accommodation or restaurant near the location with one click; and when using QuickTime to play a video , Touch Bar will display the progress bar of the video.
Why does Touch Bar, which looks so cool, become a tasteless taste in users’ mouths? In fact, some of our friends who use MacBook Pro said that the most useful use of Touch Bar is to shut down and adjust the volume. That’s right, don’t look at the Touch Bar in the official demo that can carry many applications, but it is often not used in daily use.
In the eyes of the outside world, the birth of Touch Bar is also a continuation of the success of the iPhone in a sense. At that time, the multi-touch design of the iPhone was able to compete with established mobile phone manufacturers such as Nokia and Motorola equipped with physical keyboards. “Falling flowers and flowing water”, and it displays different types of adaptive keyboards in different scenarios, it is also a masterpiece of Apple’s industrial design. Apple’s logic on the Touch Bar is to design the function key (F key area), a more professional key, to be displayed when necessary, and to leave the space of the keyboard area for other more commonly used keys.
Apple’s vision is to replace physical keys with virtual keys to achieve functional diversification and customization, allowing different applications to achieve more functions in different usage scenarios, and use easier ones to replace more specialized functions. key. But the fact is that although Apple’s ideas are full, the reality is very skinny.
The Touch Bar is an extension of the keyboard and touchpad instead of the second screen. This is the official positioning of the Touch Bar in Apple’s official guide, and this just points out the key to its becoming a tasteless one. Although the Touch Bar is considered by Apple to be an extension of the keyboard, the interactive mode of its touch operation itself conflicts with the keyboard, and there is also a problem of efficiency loss caused by switching between different interactive modes.
Apple pointed out in the official guide that the best viewing angle of the Touch Bar is 45°, which means that the user needs to change the viewing angle from the head-up screen to the top view of the Touch Bar when using it. Switching back and forth between the screens, and to a certain extent split the user’s vision and distraction. Once the attention is distracted, it often represents a decline in efficiency. Everyone should have a deep understanding of this point in the student’s life. “Success in class” is also the main vocabulary used by the teacher to describe the lack of seriousness in learning.
In contrast, the traditional keyboard after a few after decades of development, the layout has basically fixed down, but also makes it easy to achieve “comfortably” after the formation of muscle memory. At the same time, misoperation is also a key to the Touch Bar that may affect the experience. Because the keyboard provides feedback to the user’s brain through the sense of touch and damping, the logic of the touch screen is to rely on vision to confirm operations and obtain feedback. It is not troublesome to achieve the same function through keyboard and mouse operation. On the contrary, the Touch Bar’s touch design is more prone to false touches. This may be why the ESC physical key was added back in the previous MacBook Pro 16-inch version. s reason.
Of course, if it is a product that is not easy to use but has outstanding functionality, most users will often try to get used to it. Unfortunately, the performance of the Touch Bar is also very general. As a typical additive product, users who do not use the Touch Bar will basically not degrade the existing experience. However, in addition to MacBook Pro, a series of products such as iMac, MacPro, MacBook Air, etc., are not equipped with Touch Bar. This also makes it unlikely to become Apple’s core function on the PC side.
The reason for saying this is because the Touch Bar is an icing on the cake. If a large number of software uses it as the core to build functions, it means that a considerable part of the development cost will be wasted, so that in addition to Apple’s first-party software Unlike a few giants, the vast majority of small and medium-sized developers will not do such thankless things. In the end, it is not as strong as Apple to make this function effective in the adaptation of third-party software.
The general experience and narrow application scenarios directly caused the Touch Bar’s situation to become very embarrassing. In essence, the Touch Bar is a very cool-looking technology used by Apple to achieve a very tasteless function. Although it can serve some professional users such as designers and artists, it is not for more other users. It is a feature that is not needed much.
Now that the new MacBook Pro may cancel the Touch Bar design, it is hard to say that Apple has listened to the voice of consumers. For Apple, which has always been known for being good at the education market, if it is really necessary, even if the Touch Bar is not good enough, it should continue to promote the function of carrying the responsibility of exploring new directions in human-computer interaction.
But what really makes the Touch Bar useless may be Apple’s reshaping of the iPad product line, and the iPad Pro has achieved certain results in the productivity scene. In contrast, it is obvious that the full-touch iPad is more professional. The needs of similar users. Now that the ambition once carried by the Touch Bar has a new role to carry it, it is normal for the MacBook Pro to return to the role of serving more users.
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