Apple MacBook Touch Bar
2019-01-27 It's 2 years after the debut of the touchbar, and nobody likes it, even diehard Apple fans.
In 2016-10-27 Apple introduced the touch bar, a touch-sensitive display strip that function as software keyboard.
The design of the new MacBook touch bar, and what it means to programers.
No more function keys, and no more Escape key.
Here's Apple's commercial about the touch bar.
For programers or serious gamers, life will be more difficult.
For vim users, you'll need to set the Caps Lock to do Escape. You should, anyway. [see Programer Hand Health: vi Esc Key Syndrome]
Some vimmers suggest using Ctrl+[. No. That's not better, if not worse. You shift the Escape wrist problem to the pinky problem. Two pinkies to be exact, one Control for your left pinky, and one square bracket for your right pinky for the balance of pain.
And now, with the touch bar, you'll have to keep your head down to watch it. It's a watch'n'touch bar.
and, fat finger syndrome just walked from your iPhone to your MacBook.
the page up/down keys dropped dead, and now function keys' touchy.
will it spell the end of function keys across board? Probably not. Not for at least few years i think. For this to happen to PC, it needs the OS, Microsoft Windows, to cooperate, and Microsoft isn't in the business of innovating PCs. Oh wait, maybe Microsoft Surface, but that's nothing but a surface.
Steve Jobs hated function keys. They are not on the NeXT keyboard. But this touch bar idea is probably not his legacy. See NeXT Keyboard.
see also Evolution of Laptop Keyboards, No More Page Up/Down Keys!
Apple MacBook 2020, Touch Square!
here it is, the touch square!
Microsoft Surface Pro
Keyboards with Display in Each Key
Laptop Keyboard Topic
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