Apple is overhauled Expected MacBook Pro models Arrive in sometime in 2021 The Touch Bar could be stripped of, based on new speculation confirming what we heard from multiple sources earlier this year.
This is coming from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) as discovered by 9 to 5 Mac, with the analyst firm believing that the Touch Bar – the sleek touchscreen strip that offers context-sensitive actions and shortcuts to supported apps – could be abandoned by Apple and replaced with a traditional series of function keys at the top of the keyboard instead.
DSCC states, “Touch Bars remain the number 3 application with 18% share and 1.2% revenue share in Q1 21. We expect tablets to outperform touch bars when Apple launches of the 10.9-inch AMOLED iPad begins. In addition, our sources suggest that Apple may discontinue the Touch Bar in the future. “
Note the use of the word ‘may,’ so there certainly seems to be some doubt here – but as I said at the beginning, there are several trusted Apple sources that have already pointed out that the Touch Bar is on the chopping block.
This includes Ming-Chi Kuo, one of Apple’s most respected leakers for accuracy, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, another heavyweight rumor maker who has claimed in the past that Apple is testing certain models of the redesigned MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar because some users don’t find it that useful.
So it could be that we have some Macbook Pro Models with the bar and some without, although such mixing and matching could create problems of their own, potentially preventing developers from continuing to support the Touch Bar (if not every MacBook Pro owner will be able to use the functionality it contains use). . Or, as this newest nugget suggests, the Touch Bar could just be left out entirely.
Out of reach
This would be kind of an admission of Apple’s defeat, but aside from how popular or useful the Touch Bar may or may not be, there could be other reasons for potentially dropping the strip – possibly related to the touchscreen component shortage. Of course, removing the Touch Bar would also free up budget in terms of material costs for the MacBook Pro, money that might be better spent elsewhere (yes, maybe that.) alleged mini LED screen absorbs large parts of the budget).
Time will tell, as always, but the fact that this rumor continues all year round seems to indicate a task – or half a dig, on certain models, as Gurman suggested – is certainly a possibility.
The Touch Bar has always been a pretty divisive feature that some MacBook owners swear by and others by it, with the latter preferring physical buttons (with less potential for error in theory) and their tactile feel instead.