Apple’s “new MacBook Pro includes a new slim touchscreen strip that sits just above the keyboard,” Lisa Eadicicco writes for TIME Magazine. ” This area, called the Touch Bar, is meant to replace the traditional row of function keys. Unlike regular keys, the Touch Bar can change the buttons it’s displaying depending on the app you’re using, or task you’re trying to get done. The new laptop also has Touch ID, enabling lightning-fast user profile switching and Apple’s Apple Pay payment service.”

“I briefly spent some time trying the new MacBook Pro after Apple unveiled it Thursday,” Eadicicco writes. “Based on that experience, I can say the Touch Bar is an inventive new way to get work done more quickly.”

“While using Safari, the Touch Bar will display your recently opened tabs, which you can jump between by tapping each individual tab or scroll through by sliding your finger across the strip. There’s no lag between your finger hitting the touch strip and the MacBook Pro’s reaction. Swiping through tabs in Safari felt fluid, and certainly much faster than clicking the trackpad or using traditional keyboard shortcuts,” Eadicicco writes. “Apple’s new Touch Bar might mean faster typing, too. As I typed in Messages, the Touch Bar offered autocomplete suggestions. While I drafted a document in Pages, it presented text formatting options. Between the Touch Bar and the MacBook Pro’s new, flatter keyboard, writing in macOS feels faster than ever before.”

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