Sales of new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has not yet begun, so to find out exactly how the touch panel will help the user faster and easier to interact with standard and not just applications – is not known. However, the network has already appeared screenshots of Touch Bar in all currently supported apps. In this article we’ll show and tell you about all the possibilities of the display, which has replaced a number of function keys.
As Apple has shown leadership in the presentation, in the Messages, users can quickly respond to incoming messages using Emoji, which, by the way, more than 1000. In addition to the smiley button is available quickly create a new message, as well as hints of words when typing. Not sure it will be in demand, but worth a try.
In the standard application, the first thing Photos photo viewer opens a menu where you can swipe to select the desired picture. Thumbnails are small, therefore, to recognize the photo on the Touch Bar will be difficult. Next – image editing. Available filters and automatic correction button. And if that is not enough, you can play with the white balance, contrast and saturation. And all this with a swipe.
The program for fast image viewing, too, has its “shortcuts” for Touch Bar. Here you can quickly crop, rotate or adjust the parameters of the image, and select a color for drawing or text. In principle, it is convenient, I would not give up such macros.
Annex Reminders Touch Bar in store several functions. Home – easy and quick creation of reminders for a certain time, because the range of hours and minutes is done by swipe on the touch panel.
And here is another application which have focused on the presentation of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – Notes. It is available to select the font settings, text location, as well as fast switching formats: bold , italic and underlined . Those who do often enjoy such features done, I think it will be easier to switch between them using shortcuts on the keyboard. But not here.
Frankly, I never ran the desktop version of Apple’s maps. Yet some popularity they enjoy, so the extra buttons on the Touch Bar certainly will not for this application. Cards on the touch panel will display a field to enter the address, and a quick search establishments by category: cinemas, restaurants, cafes, etc.
But the additional controls for the Mail client on Mac I would definitely come in handy – I can not remember the keyboard shortcut for this application. In Touch Bar when you start Mail will be available buttons to quickly create a new message, move the files to the Recycle Bin, or a specific folder, as well as flagging and reply to the selected email.
In the most bothersome to some users, iTunes will be able to quickly search and rewind for the currently playing song. By the way, the switching and pause the track remained approximately at the same place where it was at the previous MacBook with function keys, so do not have to search long.
The most important application – Finder – has got almost the richest functionality. And now we can safely abandon all of these control icons in the window, because the tags, sort, view files and folders and even the Share button located on the Touch Bar. I think it will be convenient.
As shown at the presentation, Touch Bar will be able to simplify a little work with the tabs. In Favorites mode, the panel will display icons of favorite and frequently visited sites. When multiple tabs open their thumbnails will be arranged in a row on the Touch Bar. And management will be available for music or videos that are played in one of the tabs.
The standard “dialer” from Apple will be able to display an incoming call as the name of the person who is calling, and answer / call button, reset, and special items for the response message template and setting reminders.
Contacts will also become easier to use. There were elements to be added to the contact of additional data such as phone numbers, e-mail address and date of birth. Well, the standard “Send a message” and “Call” too.
The functionality of the default calendar, of course, not up to the Fantastical, but too bad. With Touch Bar you can add the game events in the selected day of the month, people, time and even location.
Even standard calculator will support Touch Bar. And this, incidentally, is very convenient, because no additional panel on the keyboard (like the old Numeric Keypad Keyboard) to make it difficult. And here you all the items on the touch panel.