Hands on with Apple new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Huge trackpad offers great palm rejection

“Since nobody’s getting the new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros until mid November, and I was fortunate enough to spend some hands-on time with them Thursday, let me do a little bit of a brain dump about what I saw and touched,” Jason Snell writes for Six Colors.

“My first impression of the Touch Bar is that the ‘keys’ looked… like keys. It didn’t feel like I was looking at a screen, but at an extension of the keyboard. That was an intentional choice on Apple’s part. Unlike the display and the keyboard, the Touch Bar’s brightness is not manually adjustable,” Snell writes. “Instead, the Touch Bar’s brightness varies based on lighting conditions, using the light sensor. I wasn’t able to try and trick it or confuse it, but the entire time I was using it—in a dark room and in a much more brightly lit one—it seemed to match the keyboard well. This is not a bright, glowing screen above a dark keyboard — it’s an extension of the keyboard.”

Apple's new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
Apple’s new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

“The trackpad on the 13-inch model is more than half again as big as on its predecessor, and on the 15-inch model it’s doubled in size,” Snell writes. “The trackpads are large enough that Apple has had to build in more palm-rejection intelligence, because when you’re typing on these things, you’re going to inevitably slide your palms across them. In my experience writing this article on a 13-inch MacBook Pro, the palm rejection worked well — I never felt that I had to change my typing approach just to avoid weird mouse movements.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As with the quality and precision of their trackpads, Apple has palm rejection down to an art form (see any iPad Pro owner using an Apple Pencil).


  1. At work, they gave me this very bad MacBook imitation from dell with a huge trackpad and still with two bottoms. I don’t write much on it but every time I need to type something I have to watch the screen carefully because the more slightly touch of the track pad positions the cursor some where else on The screen and don’t get me started with how many times I had to change my password because I was typing a password in the safe area and sundenly it started to type en the user name field.

    A palm rejection system is a wonderful and much need idea. Congrats apple.

    1. At work I’ve had constant issues with my HP laptop. The placement of the odd function keys right next to the space bar and the track pad provides to end of irritation. I’ll by typing in a Word document and after a few moments I discover that the cursor moved on me and I had been typing in the wrong place. Stupid, stupid, STUPID layout!!!

      F***ing brain dead!

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