The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro was supposed to be Apple’s way of revolutionizing the laptop and the way we use our computers. However, it wasn’t particularly well-received, even though admittedly the concept itself held a lot of potential. Now it looks like the feature could be removed for good.
According to analysts at Display Supply Chain Consultants, they are corroborating earlier rumors that Apple might ditch the Touch Bar for the next MacBook Pro refresh. This is something we’ve heard before and with the upcoming rumored design changes that Apple will be making to the MacBook Pro lineup, we can’t say we’re too surprised.
Instead, Apple will be bringing back a more traditional function row, something that many users will undoubtedly appreciate. Like we said, in concept the Touch Bar held a lot of promise. The idea of an f-row that would dynamically change according to the software used sounded good on paper, but since the onus was on developers to adopt it, the experience was a bit of a mixed bag depending on which software you used.
This is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display for the iPhone, where it was not immediately clear as to which apps supported it and what it did since it changed from app to app. Ultimately, the feature was also killed off.