Make the Touch Bar relevant to the current context on the main screen. Identify the different contexts within your app. Then, consider how you can expose varying levels of functionality based on how your app is used. Use the Touch Bar as an extension of the keyboard and trackpad, not as a display. Although the Touch Bar is a screen, its primary function is to serve as an input device — not a secondary display.
People may glance at the Touch Bar to locate or use a control, but their primary focus is the main screen. Strive to match the look of the physical keyboard. When possible, aim to design Touch Bar controls that resemble the size and color of keys in the physical keyboard.
Avoid making functionality available only in the Touch Bar. Not all devices have a Touch Bar, and people can disable app controls in the Touch Bar if they choose. Always give people ways to perform tasks using the keyboard or trackpad. In a full-screen context, consider displaying relevant controls in the Touch Bar. In full-screen mode, apps often hide onscreen controls and reveal them only when people call for them by, for example, moving the pointer to the top of the screen.
If you support full screen, you can use the Touch Bar to give people persistent access to important controls without distracting them from the full-screen experience. Prefer controls that produce immediate results. Ideally, Touch Bar controls give people quick ways to perform actions that would otherwise require extra time spent clicking controls or choosing from menus.
Minimize Touch Bar controls that present additional choices, such as popovers. For guidance, see Controls and Views. Be responsive to Touch Bar interactions. Even when your app is busy doing work or updating the main screen, respond instantly when people use a Touch Bar control. When possible, people should be able to start and finish a task in the Touch Bar. Avoid making people switch to the keyboard or trackpad to complete a task unless the task requires more complex interface controls than the Touch Bar provides.
Avoid using the Touch Bar for tasks associated with well-known keyboard shortcuts. Accurately reflect the state of a control that appears in both the Touch Bar and on the main screen. For example, if a button is unavailable on the main screen, it shouldn't be available in the Touch Bar. Pocket-lint - If you're looking for an Apple MacBook, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll help you decide which is best for your needs. When hunting for your next Apple laptop, the first thing to decide is which of the two lines you want to go down, the professional-focused MacBook Pro or entry-level MacBook Air.
From there, you can then start looking at the different configurations and prices. We've rounded up everything from the MacBook Air to the inch MacBook Pro , to help you work out what each model offers, how much they cost, how they can be configured and what their pros and cons are. In short, it's an interesting and exciting time to buy a MacBook. The company is currently in the middle of a two-year transition to its own processors - Apple Silicon - and away from Intel, and the initial devices are proving seriously powerful.
With these latest devices, Apple is also correcting many of the widely acknowledged mistakes it's brought to the line over the last half-decade. The MacBook Air is the cheapest, lightest model available, and likely the best pick for most everyday users. Basically, if you're not going to be using this day-in, day-out in a professional sense for years to come, or you simply don't care about having the technical specs that will futureproof your purchase in the long-term, this is the top pick on the market.
It offers very solid battery life - around hours - Touch ID and a Retina Display with True Tone technology , and will pretty much match the entry-level MacBook Pro in terms of performance. We've seen plenty of updates to the Air over the last few years, but this latest one, and the transition to Apple Silicon in November , was a huge leap forward for the line. You can read more below. The only real difference between the inch Pro and the latest MacBook Air is the fan that enables sustained loads over a longer period.
It also has the Touch Bar, as well. This model is still available, though we now also have the beefier inch and inch MacBook Pro models for Unveiled in October , this pairing redefines the lineup and gives creatives a very powerful option to work from. Both feature either Apple's M1 Pro or M1 Max chips, the next iteration on from M1, but, as you might expect, they also have the price tag to match.
The latest MacBook Pro models are seriously expensive, but the benefit of this price separation is that it's now more clear which model is designed for you and your budget - something we'll have more on below. Though it's not technically the flagship MacBook Pro model, it is the model that most people hunting a professional-standard Apple laptop should consider.
It's noticeably more affordable than its inch sibling - while offering almost an entirely identical package, save for the reduced battery life and smaller screen - and represents the cheapest way of picking up the latest MacBook Pro. What you get in this setup is also very different to the model. If you go with the latter chip, RAM can also be maxed out at 64GB, with storage ranging anywhere from GB to a whopping 8TB, but, as you would expect, the price tag will very quickly start to rise with these upgrades.
There's also an improved p FaceTime HD camera that sits in the middle of the all-new notch design. It helps Apple deliver the smallest bezel we've ever seen on a MacBook, and the jump up in display quality is instantly noticeable, whether you're involved in some light browsing or require distinct clarity for editing software.
Providing you don't need the extra screen real estate of the inch model, this MacBook Pro is the right pick for heavy users - especially if you value futureproofed specs and tip-top performance. Despite being released last year, this is still the MacBook model that's best for most people.
It offers a superb blend of features, design, performance and affordability that ensures it can keep up with power-needy apps during work hours and still be light and comfortable to use in your downtime. It features Touch ID, a Retina Display and True Tone technology, with the latest model also offering the same refreshed keyboard as the MacBook Pro devices, which should mean there are no more familiar breakdowns in this department.
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If your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can use familiar gestures — like tap, swipe or slide — directly on the Touch Bar to adjust settings, use Siri. The Touch Bar is a Retina display and input device located above the keyboard on supported MacBook Pro models. Dynamic controls in the Touch Bar let people. In an app, choose View > Customise Touch Bar. · Add, rearrange or remove buttons in the Touch Bar. · When you've finished, click Done on the screen (or tap Done.