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Apple tries the second-screen approach with the MacBook Pro Touch BarThe new Touch Bar is as close as a MacBook Pro is going to get to a Touch Screen.
[MUSIC] Apple's new Macbook Pro is thinner and lighter than its predecessor with a flatten keyboard and an expanded touch pad. it also got a new intel CPU, faster storage, and a brighter retina display. It's also USB-C only, which has been controversial to say the least. But you know all that already, what you really wanna know is, what about that crazy touch bar, how does it work? The touch bar is a long OLED touch screen that sits above the keyboard Replacing the traditional function key row and it usually displays basic controls, like screen brightness and volume. But when you launch a supported app, new contextual buttons pop up on the screen. Is it a gimmick? If you spend a bit of time trying to figure out different apps, you'll end up wit maybe five or six favorite things that can really Streamline your experience and I started using a few instinctively almost right away. The initial thing you'll want to do with the touch bar though is set up touch ID with the built in finger print reader. Just by placing a finger on the touch ID and clicking down user profiles which almost instantly You can also change the default buttons in the keyboard preferences menu just by dragging new ones to the bottom of the screen and right onto the touch bar. In Safari, each tab you have open is represented by a tiny thumbnail image. Tapping on one switches the browser to that tab. Messages has an emoji button which gives you a long, scrolling collection of everyone's favorite non verbal communication tool Scroll over to the one you want and just tap on it. iTunes gets useful transport controls, including the ability to scrub back and forth in both songs and videos. It's definitely finer control then you get with just the touch pad. And until we get Photoshop support, Apple's Photos offers the most in-depth Touch Bar support. There is a wheel for rotating a photo as you crop it. You can also run through all the built-in photo filters or just brightness and color all by running your finger across the Touch Bar. Of course these are examples of Apple's own apps, the only ones that currently have Touch Bar support. If your prefer Chrome to Safari, for example, you're out of luck, at least for now. but Microsoft, Adobe, and others are expected to add support in the near future. The touch bar is fun, but the biggest decision when it comes to the new Mac Book may actually come down to something more practical. Are you ready to move into the USB-C only future, where connecting nearly any accessory is gonna require a special cable or dongle? It may seem daunting, but many of the latest ultra thin Windows laptops have also gone USB-C only, so there's a good chance we're all gonna end up there eventually. [MUSIC]