I Won’t Buy Another MacBook Pro Until Apple Drops the Touch Bar (Or Makes It Optional) →

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Apple PR:

In addition, the entry-level $1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest 8th-generation quad-core processors, making it two times more powerful than before. It also now features Touch Bar and Touch ID, a True Tone Retina display and the Apple T2 Security Chip […]

The Touch Bar is just bad design. Not only does it not provide any feedback whatsoever, I cannot use the keyboard without actually taking my hands off of it to look at what I want to touch (I use it primarily on my knees).

If Apple hadn’t added the Touch Bar to the non-Touch Bar model and just upgraded the CPU, I would be ordering one right now — the new CPUs are exactly what I have been waiting for. Unfortunately, they did, so that probably means no more Macs for me, at least until they get rid of the Touch Bar. And no, the Air is not sufficient for my needs — it lacks Display P3 and a proper processor.

Update

Clarified that I’m all for making the Touch Bar optional. I would actually consider paying a small premium not to have it.

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4 Comments

  1. @moridin I feel like your position on this is too extreme. I like the touch bar, personally. I understand that it is polarizing, so I agree Apple should offer more choices (e.g. 15” in addition to the 13” that does not have it), but saying that you won’t buy another MacBookPro unless Apple abandons it entirely is really extreme, IMO. As a blind VoiceOver user, VO isn’t the best design for a sighted user, but it’s how I use the computer. THe touch bar works really well for me in conjunction with VoiceOver, but I wouldn’t say that i’ll never buy another MacBookPro unless they stop shipping them with screens. I don’t use the screen—I don’t need the screen—and I have to still pay for a screen every time I buy a Mac laptop of any description. I would not suggest they stop shipping Mac’s with screens just because I don’t like or need them. Just some food for thought. 😀

  2. @Lioncourt It is but I have very specific needs and expectations. I spent over a month with the Touch Bar and I hated it. It lowered my productivity and introduced friction into a product which should strive to eliminate it as much as possible. By “abandon” I mean make it optional. I would actually pay to not have it at this point. The MacBook Air keyboard actually solves this problem (but it’s not for me). I cannot imagine being in your situation and quite frankly.

  3. @moridin I feel your pain. They should offer an option for your needs, certainly. I just don’t think MBPs with and without touch bars have to be mutually exclusive. I hope they offer an option that works for you in the future.

  4. @Lioncourt I’ve been thinking about selling MBPs without screens. One issue would be if someone was to help you do or fix something. Also and please don’t take this the wrong way, looking at people’s reactions to the Touch Bar, I’m guessing people with sight handicaps are in the minority.

    I try to bandage up my eyes and use VoiceOver every other year, as if I couldn’t see myself, just to get to know how everything works. I’m very curious what you think of the new VoiceOver features in Catalina and iOS 13, when they come out. I tried them on iPadOS 13 and was extremely impressed.