Monday, November 14, 2016

Touch Bar Falls Asleep

When I read into the Human Interface Guidelines for Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro, I found it a bit strange that Apple wanted Touch Bar to be used strictly as an input device. I understood that it was an extension of the keyboard, that using it to display information would take attention away from the screen, and of course, it's small. This is precious real estate. You don't want to use the small amount of space on the Touch Bar to show something that could be displayed on the main display. But perhaps another reason it's like this is because the Touch Bar falls asleep to save energy. It dims after 60 seconds, and turns off after 85 seconds. There is no setting for this at the moment. It can be easily turned back on with a tap. So it only makes sense that if you're gonna have to touch the Touch Bar often to keep it in use, you're gonna want to use it as a medium for quick interactions, not immersion. Anyways, I hope this helps.

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