According to multiple reports, Apple could be ditching its famous Touch Bar in its upcoming MacBook Pro in 2021.
The DSCC (View supply chain consultants) Analysis report said the following about the future of the controversial feature: “Touch bars remain the number 3 application with a share of 18% and revenue of 1.2% in Q1 21. We expect the touch bars to be outperformed by tablets when Apple starts introducing the 10.9-inch AMOLED iPad. In addition, our sources suggest that Apple may discontinue the Touch Bar in the future. “
Sources like Ming-Chi-Kuo and Bloombergalso confirmed the claim. Apparently, the Touch Bar is being completely removed and replaced with a series of physical function buttons. The 13-inch M1 Macbook Pro which was released last fall, used the Touch Bar. The company introduced the feature in 2016. However, it was never well received. People liked the feeling of pressing physical buttons. They also found it much more convenient to press functions without looking down. It’s been five years since the feature was introduced, and it seems Apple finally listened to the complaints.
According to the DSSC, the touch bar is currently the third largest use of OLED displays. Rumors also suggest the company may switch to OLED displays for iPads in the future.
The new MacBook Pro will also feature the updated silicon processor and redesigned design. The new design will feature square sides in the top and bottom halves of the device along with the flat-edge design trend we saw with the 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone 12 series. Apple is also expected to add more IO ports to the side and bring back MagSafe loading. Kuo reports that a MagSafe power connector is returning but doesn’t mention whether that means losing the ability to charge on the left or right.
With the return of the physical function keys, Apple will hopefully meet the demands of those who miss the 2015 MacBook Pro.