Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro series might do away with the touch bar.
Apple is scheduled to introduce its new MacBook Pro series later this year, and several rumors suggest that the notorious Touch Bar will be removed.
According to Mashable, the new MacBook Pros will include a new generation of Apple Silicon CPUs as well as a sleek new design.
However, one unexpected rumor claims that the Touch Bar will be replaced by a more traditional row of functioning keys, a modification that was never necessary in the first place.
To refresh your recollection, the Touch Bar was initially debuted in 2016 on a few MacBook Pro models. It’s a MacBook Pro-style OLED touchscreen that sits right above the keyboard. Its dynamic controls provide users with shortcuts that are relevant to the material on the most visible screen. It also allows you to access system-level shortcuts quickly.
It has sparked debate, and that is an understatement. While it isn’t as generally despised as the butterfly keyboard looked to be, it isn’t universally adored.
Despite having the third biggest usage of OLED screens, Apple is eliminating the Touch Bar from future MacBook Pro products, according to Display Supply Chain Consultants (via 9To5Mac).
“Touch Bars remained the 3 application in Q1’21, with an 18% unit share and 1.2 percent revenue share,” according to DSCC.
“When Apple begins to embrace the 10.9″ AMOLED iPad, we predict Touch Bars to be surpassed by tablets. Furthermore, our sources indicate that Apple may discontinue the Touch Bar in the future,” according to DSCC.
A clear HDMI port, a USB-C/Thunderbolt connector, two USB-C ports, and an SD card slot are among the other rumors regarding the forthcoming lineup.
However, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about the Touch Bar being thrown out. Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman, two well-known Apple experts, have made similar projections.