"Touch Bar MacBooks, stay clear of these bar exams"
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Touch Bar MacBooks, stay clear of these bar exams
MacBook pro's with touch bars are not welcome on a bar exam in a couple of states.
The new MacBook pro with touch bar would supposed to be Apple's vision of the future.
Why do you need dedicated function keys if you can replace it with a touch panel that you can show you anything?
Well that causing some issues for test takers.
The New York state board of law examiners banned the MacBook pro with touch bar from the February 2017 uniform bar examination.
The bar exam is the exam that determines whether or not a person can practice law in a particular state.
The New York Board of Law Examiners says if a test taker installed the exam software on a Macbook Pro with touch bar that it must be reinstalled on a different computer.
Should a person bring that kind of Macbook Pro to the exam, the computer will be removed.
Then the test taker will have to do the exam the old fashioned way, writing answers by hand.
Like I did.
North Carolina's Board of Law Examiners is a little less strict than New York.
North Carolina says touch bars must be disabled before entering the bar exams.
In the state, exam proctors will make the announcement asking, "Who's using a Mac Book Pro with touch bar?
Then, that computer will be checked.
To make sure the touch panel is disabled.
So why is this happening?
Examsoft, the makers of the exam software used for these bar exams, says the issue is with predictive text.
The touch bar operates like the keyboard on your phone.
As you type it will suggest words on the touch bar.
That seems like a problem for such an exam.
So, in short, several board examiners barred touch bars on bar exams.
You got that?
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