The MacBook Pro Touch Bar Sucks, So I Disabled It
As a tech enthusiast, I was excited to get my hands on the latest MacBook Pro. However, I soon found myself disappointed with one of its most hyped features – the Touch Bar. While some people may enjoy this new addition, I found it to be an annoying distraction and soon opted to disable it altogether.
Firstly, let’s understand what the Touch Bar is. It is a thin OLED multi-touch strip located above the keyboard and replaces the traditional function keys. It adapts to different apps and showcases relevant shortcuts and controls depending on the task at hand. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Except, it really isn’t all that useful in reality.
For starters, the Touch Bar takes away physical keys and replaces them with a virtual touch screen. This means no matter how much you use it, you’ll never have a muscle memory of where certain functions are located, as their location can change depending on the apps you use. This lack of consistency can be frustrating and slow down workflows, especially for power users.
Moreover, the Touch Bar can also be a downright distraction. Imagine typing away an urgent email and accidentally hitting the volume button on the Touch Bar while reaching out for the escape key. Suddenly your music blasts from your speakers, and you’ve lost your train of thought. Or for those who use their laptop primarily in low light settings. The Touch Bar emits light which can become unnecessarily distracting.
Another issue is that the Touch Bar’s usefulness is dependent on the app developers. However, not all app developers have included Touch Bar support to their applications, which means you might never get to experience its full potential.
Overall, after using the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar for several months, I decided to disable it completely. It’s not that it’s a terrible feature, but it’s just not worth the added distraction and lack of physical buttons. The Touch Bar doesn’t have a significant impact on daily workflows, and the traditional keyboard function keys still remain more useful overall.
In conclusion, while the Touch Bar may look sleek and futuristic, it’s just not suitable for everyone. It’s okay to be critical of new technology and not jump on every bandwagon – there’s no harm in being comfortable with what you’re used to. Ultimately, it’s more important to use technology that works for you and your needs and not just blindly follow trends.