Touch Bar

Make the MacBook Pro Touch Bar More Useful

The Touch Bar that replaced the row of function keys on Apple's MacBook Pros as of late has been very controversial. Many users find it annoying to not have hardware keys for volume, brightness, and playback controls that have been on MacBooks up until 2016, and the Touch Bar isn't utilized well in many applications aside from Apple software like Final Cut X or Logic. Apple just updated its MacBook Pros for 2018, however, and they now support 32GB of RAM, 4TB of SSD storage, and Intel's Core i9 processors.

Has Apple stopped making computers with function keys?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1509

Manny from Mt. Carmel, PA

Manny has a 2013 MacBook Pro but he needs to upgrade and he's annoyed that Apple has removed the function keys in favor of the Touch Bar. Leo says that there is a 2017 MacBook Pro model that comes with the last batch of function keys. But this year, they aren't making them anymore. So it looks like the time for function keys is now over. Leo says that the speed of the i9 has made it worth it, though. The keyboard has also been improved thanks to a silicone dampener. The Touch Bar isn't really a bad idea, but hardly any apps support it.

What connections are on the MacBook Pro?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1379

Joanne from California

Joanne is looking at getting a new MacBook Pro, but it's missing all the ports she needs. Leo says the trend is towards a Type-C connector that can be used for everything from power to monitor connections. So Macs can have fewer ports. She'll end up spending money on dongles to connect her older technology. That will be a brief inconvenience. Her card reader will work faster as well as any Thunderbolt connections.

Apple Announces New MacBook Pro with OLED Touch Bar

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1336

Apple announced a new MacBook Pro with an interesting OLED Touch Bar that replaces the function key row. The design is really cool, but technology reporters think that Cupertino has no idea who the new computer is for. Leo also says that people are complaining that Apple is only giving lip service to the Mac platform now, and when it comes to the professional market, Apple has lost its way. Leo doesn't disagree. Pros are complaining that Apple has eliminated key ports like the standard USB, and even the Magsafe connector, all in favor of a USB-C capable Thunderbolt 3 ports.