INTRO: Remember 3D touch? The feature everyone loved to hate until Apple actually got obviate it and that we realised it had been very useful within the keyboard? Well, consistent with a replacement patent filed by Apple, it seems the technology (or something almost like it, at least) could be making its thanks to the MacBook Pro’s infamous Touch Bar.
According to a patent spotted by Patently Apple, the corporate has been brooding about introducing Force Touch to the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. For those unaware, the feature basically allows the device to sense difference in-tuned pressure and perform differenet functions supported the quantity of pressure applied. The feature has been present within the Apple Watch up until watchOS 7, an identical implementation called 3D Touch was present within the iPhones up until iPhone 11, and Force Touch is out there on MacBook trackpads also , making easy work of tons of trackpad actions.
Whether bringing it over to the Touch Bar may be a worthy idea, The Touch Bar is one among the few things about the new MacBooks that nearly everyone seems to dislike, and it seems bringing the function keys back could be a better idea instead. That said, having Force Touch on the Touch Bar could help Apple fix the matter of accidental Touch Bar touches that tons of users reportedly face quite frequently on the MacBook Pro.
It also goes without saying that a patent filing doesn’t necessarily suggest that the corporate will actually bring such a feature to the Touch Bar. However, if that were to be the case, this is able to be the right time for Apple to undertake it, what with a replacement 16-inch M1 MacBook Pro on the horizon.