Apple’s latest MacBook Pro 2016 has already gone through a lot of criticism already with the latest one and the most interesting being Apple’s decision to include that famous Touch-Bar. Apple boasted about this new Touch-Bar on MacBook 2016 and showcased how this new addition can make things extremely easy. Check out the top features the new Touch Bar on MacBook can do.
However, if we go back in time, Microsoft started working something similar to this way back in 1999. But, unfortunately, the company dumped the whole concept in 2009. For a decade, the Redmond-based company worked on a lot of prototypes which it finally revealed through a video in 2010 on YouTube. From the video, it is quite apparent that Microsoft, in fact, was working on an adaptive touch bar as well which is located just above the keyboard.
But why did Microsoft abandoned the concept, you must be wondering? Answering this question when asked by The Verge, Steven Bathiche, Director of Research at Microsoft’s Applied Sciences said that Microsoft didn’t make computers back then and when it eventually started manufacturing it, the company opted for touchscreen rather than a touch bar above the keyboard.
As mentioned before, Apple included the Touch Bar just above the keyboard in order to enhance the functionality. The Touch Bar adapts itself to the application opened on the machine. The Touch Bar can help you navigate through photos, show the timeline in Final Cut Pro and when a note in any app it performs basic functions like Brightness control, Volume control and other controls which normally a set of ‘function keys’ would offer.