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Everything you can do with the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar!

The MacBook Pro is here with an all-time new technological upgrade from Apple, called the Touch Bar. With the Touch Bar, you can easily access tools in your MacBook, as well as within the apps you use. It might be difficult to use the Touch Bar in the beginning, so we are here to help you. Here is everything you can do with the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar:

The Control Strip

This Strip sits on the right side of the Touch Bar and you can easily customizable it. You can remove controls from the panel or hide them completely. If you hide the Control Strip, you will only be able to see the app controls. Whereas, when you hide the app control panel, the Control Strip will stretch out across the Touch Bar. Apps will have different configuration options. Thus, you can customize the app controls for some apps while the other apps will not allow customization. This completely depends on what the developer decides to do with it. The Control Strip performs the following functions:

  • Hold down the fn key on your keyboard to turn the Touch Bar into traditional function keys F1 – F12.
  • Siri
  • Notification Center
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Screenshot
  • Dictation
  • Input Sources
  • Show Desktop
  • Screensaver
  • Screen Lock
  • Sleep

Primary system controls- MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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You will find the Primary system controls in the secondary menu of the Control Strip. The primary system controls include:

  • Screen brightness
  • Keyboard brightness
  • Playback controls (rewind, fast forward, and play/pause)
  • Volume controls (increase, decrease, and mute)

Touch ID

Although the Touch ID sensor sits to the far right of the Touch Bar, it is a part of the Touch Bar. With a T1 Secure Enclave, the Touch ID encrypts your fingerprint for security and keeps it offline. Here are the functions of Touch ID:

  • Use Touch ID to log in
  • Utilize Touch ID to switch user accounts (supports multiple fingerprint identities)
  • Apple Pay on the Web with Touch ID

Quick Type- MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

The system of Quick type is quite similar to the way suggestive type works on the iPhone and iPad. It will suggest words depending on what you are currently writing. It depends on the context of your text, for instance, if you are writing an email it will look up the contacts to suggest text in the CC field of the email. Moreover, it has the following functions:

  • Predictive type
  • Emoji suggestions (in Messages)
  • Contacts suggestions (email, phone #, etc.)

Finder

You can get to everything you have on your Mac with Finder whereas the Touch Bar has every function that the Finder has. Here are listed all the functions that the Touch Bar is capable to do using a Finder:

  • Share
  • View (icons, list, columns, and cover flow)
  • New Folder
  • Back/Forward
  • View Options
  • New Folder with Selections
  • Quick Look
  • New Window
  • New tab
  • Move to trash
  • Connect to server
  • Open With…
  • Go to…
  • Move to
  • Copy to
  • Get info

FaceTime

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You can use the Touch Bar to quickly accept or decline a call whenever you receive a Facetime call. For this, you can simply tap control on the panel.

Photos- MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

With the Touch Bar, you can access everything Photos has to offer, more easily. Thus, with this, you can view photos and videos, edit images, and more. Following are the functions of Photos on the Touch Bar:

  • You can view albums and collections in a preview located on the Touch Bar
  • Favourite photos with a “Heart” button
  • Access playback controls for videos
  • Clean through videos to move to an alternate spot in the timeline.
  • Edit pictures, including Crop, Rotate, Filters, Lighting adjustments, Retouch, Straighten

Final Cut Pro X- MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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With the Touch bar’s support, Apple’s professional video editing software is getting an update. Here are just some of the functions that you can use on the Touch Bar while editing in Final Cut Pro X:

  • Timeline Scrubbing
  • Audio editing (volume, effects)
  • Video Trimming
  • Create and assign roles
  • Drag to reorganize roles
  • Playback controls

Photoshop

Adobe is coming up with an update on Photoshop on the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar brings out functions that you find in the settings in the Photoshop app. Here are the functions:

  • Blending options
  • Select and Mask
  • Resize
  • Layers
  • Full-screen mode
  • Brush control
  • Change blend mode
  • Access to Favorites folder
  • Colour changer
  • Zoom
  • Scroll through changes

djay Pro

Algoriddim will be adding Touch Bar support for its music mixing app. Thus now you can use the OLED panel on the Mac as your turntable. Here are just some of the functions available using the Touch Bar with djay Pro:

  • Effects
  • Sampler
  • Filters
  • Scratch
  • Find queue points using Wave
  • Synth pads
  • Sync tracks
  • Loop
  • Time signature

Messages- MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

As you might know that Apple has updated Messages in iOS. Thus, it is understandable that they would make sure the Touch Bar work with the Mac Messages app. Along with Quick Suggestions you get other features to express yourself more easily. Here are the functions of the Touch Bar in Messages:

  • Emoji (organized by categories)
  • Emoji suggestions
  • Predictive text/text suggestions
  • Tap backs for bubble effects

Mail

Reading emails will be an all-new experience with the Touch Bar in the built-in Mail app on Mac. You’ll be tapping your way through all of the unread emails in no time at all. Use the Touch Bar with these functions:

  • Reply
  • Write new mail
  • Emoji (including categories)
  • Predictive text/text suggestions
  • Text Formatting (Bold, Italics, Underline)
  • Copy
  • Paste
  • Contact suggestions
  • Compose Message
  • Flag email
  • Move To…
  • Archive message
  • Send

Safari

Browsing on Safari with use the Touch Bar can sometimes be bothersome because you are overloaded with too much information. With the Touch Bar, you can navigate through the net easily and have a whole new experience. Here’s why:

  • Bookmarks/recently visited
  • New Window
  • New Tab
  • Scrubbing through tabs

Calendar- MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

You can now add events to your calendar with the Touch Bar. This virtual assistant will be on your service and make life easier. Here’s what you can do with it:

  • Add new event
  • Accept an invite
  • Add Time
  • Add location
  • Scroll through events by day

Siri

Now you get a dedicated Siri button right on the Touch Bar. macOS Sierra brought Siri to the Mac and now the new MacBook brings Siri to the Touch Bar. So you can ask Siri to do anything through your Touch Bar.

Conclusion

With all new features, MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is all set to make life easier. You can express yourself better while texting someone with features like Quick Suggestions, emojis and much more. Not only this, Adobe is all set to come up with an update which brings the deep buried features in the Settings panel to the surface with Touch Bar. Not only this, now you will get a dedicated Siri button right next to the Touch Bar.

Which is your favourite feature in the Touch Bar? Tell us in the comments section below.

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