Stuart Breckenridge

Magic Toolbar: Switching Between Functions

Update: It’s called the Touch Bar.

It seems all but confirmed that the new MacBook Pro will feature a Magic Toolbar: a dynamic touch-screen replacement for the static function row of a keyboard. The mock-ups certainly look impressive.

If it works as rumoured — with the function row changing depending on the application in use — I’m wondering how a user will switch between the application function row and the standard function row to, for example, adjust the screen brightness or volume. Will it add a delay to a process that currently doesn’t have one?

It is different, but is it better? We’ll find out in short order.

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