Apple's new Macbook Pro's

There has been plenty of talk about Apple's new Macbooks. While much of that has focused on the new touch bar and applauded it, some has been negative.

The naysayers complain about the price and the Thunderbolt ports, of course.That's to be expected, but some also have used this opportunity to rehash the combined approach taken by Microsoft. They are saying that Apple still doesn't get it, that the screen should be touch, and the touch bar is a half baked concession to that reality.

I don't know. It's possible that Apple may be right with this touch bar and extra large force-touch trackpad. The touch bar has been most noted by reviewers, but that trackpad could be an important tool also. Read Apple's description:


"The Force Touch trackpad may look like other trackpads on the surface, but underneath it’s unlike anything that’s existed before. Force sensors detect how much pressure you’re applying, and the new Taptic Engine provides a click sensation when you press anywhere on the surface. Now the click that once was a single, mechanical function is just the start of what you can do with Force Touch. The sensory capabilities of the Force Touch trackpad allow you to tell your MacBook what you want it to do based on subtle differences in the amount of pressure you apply. This makes it possible to perform a variety of different actions in different apps, all on the same surface. And it can respond with haptic feedback you can actually feel, making your MacBook more usable and personal than ever before."

With proper software, it seems to me that trackpad can do everything you'd do by touching the screen and more (haptic feedback). Combine that with the menu exposure of the touch bar and you might be able to do *more* than you can with an iPad. Is there any conceptual reason why that wouldn't be true? I can't think of any.



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