“Take the new Touch Bar for example. I believe it should be judged as being either more or less useful than the physical function row of keys that it replaces,” Hall writes. “Personally, I don’t rely on the function keys much beyond play/pause toggling and adjusting volume, but my very first thought when using the Touch Bar was that the virtual keys offer the same or possibly less control without benefit. Then I discovered the ‘tap and drag’ behavior of volume and brightness controls. You can tap the virtual volume button to activate a slider or you can tap and drag left or right in one quick motion. Any time Touch Bar uses this tap and drag gesture, it feels good. I hope we see more of this as Touch Bar implementation becomes more defined.”
“MagSafe is replaced by USB-C. This has downsides, but being able to charge from either the left or right side of my MacBook Pro is a benefit that I’m appreciating daily,” Hall writes. “Your own experience may vary, but this has been a mostly painless transition for me. My biggest complaint on a day-to-day basis is having to pull out the SD Card reader now when I want to import photos and video. It’s definitely a setback but not one worth using an older machine over.”
Much more in the full review here.
MacDailyNews Take: Personally, the 15-inch is a bit much for our road needs (we have 27-inch iMacs on our desks) so we really can’t wait for the next-gen MacBook with Touch Bar models we’ve hoping to see sooner than later.