While the slimmer design, new color options, and obviously upgraded hardware are very much welcome, one of the unique features and possibly the selling point of Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro would be the inclusion of the Touch Bar. For those unfamiliar, this is an OLED strip that replaces the row of function keys and also doubles up as an extension of your keyboard.
Now for owners of the laptop who are hoping to get more functionality out of their Touch Bar, you will be pleased to learn that Microsoft has recently updated its Skype app for macOS where support for the Touch Bar is now available. What this means is that users will now be able to see a profile photo of who they’re chatting with, the ability to mute our hang up calls, and start/end video.
There isn’t that much options offered at the moment apart from the ones we mentioned, but presumably it could change in the future as Microsoft thinks up of more ways to take advantage of the feature. Recently we’ve started to see more developers offer support for the hardware feature, such as Google’s Chrome and also the Microsoft Office suite of productivity apps.
We expect that over time more apps will eventually add their support for Touch Bar, and given that the laptop is barely half a year old, we suppose it is understandable that there isn’t a lot of compatibility at the moment.