Apple will render the Touch Bar more advanced by incorporating force touch to recognize pressure. Force touch was first used on the Apple Watch and subsequently implemented as a 3D Touch on iPhones. The hardware that comes with the trackpad is already present in the newer MacBook. Now the same stuff can even find its way to the Touch Bar.
The US Patent and Trademark Office, published by Patently Apple, has featured the patent application on its website indicating an improved Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro with Force Touch support. There are obviously modern circuitry that are added to the Touch Bar to sense varying degrees of power.
“The secondary display and force-sensing circuitry may be encapsulated between two glass layers that are bonded to one another by a frit. In some embodiments the force-sensing circuitry is formed from, or constitutes part of, the frit,” reads the abstract of the patent application.
Through several updates in the past, Apple has updated the initial Force Contact technology and also converted the sensation into a Haptic Touch for the newest iPhone versions. But the aim of the technology has stayed the same which is to activate those features on the screen with a long click.
Apple submitted the recently issued patent request in May 2019. If the update would be accessible for all latest M1 MacBook Pro models or exclusive to a single version is uncertain.
Any new studies have indicated that in 2021, updated MacBook models would launch. There is no clarification, though, as to whether the upcoming Touch Bar with Force Touch would include either of those versions. It is also not evident if the Touch Bar, which is basically an OLED strip above the multitasking keyboard, will stay unique to the MacBook Pro or will in the future also debut on the MacBook Air.
That being said, Force Touch can help Apple bring some new use cases for the Touch Bar, which for many MacBook Pro users is currently not all that efficient.
Apple M1 MacBook Pro to Upgrade Touch Bar
Apple’s recently launched MacBooks are still still packed with M1 chips, and not much of the architecture and usability have improved. The MacBook Pro also has its Touch Bar monitor that substitutes the volume, brightness, Launchpad, etc. quick-access resources Additionally, contrary to the 4-port availability of MacBook Pro Intel, all Air and Pro models do have two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
In terms of architecture and body, the M1 MacBooks might have modified too little, but programs and performance-wise, Macs give people a bang for their buck. Apple came through last June’s WWDC, which vowed to unleash the Silicon-based Macs before 2020, for its term. Apple bid farewell to its long-run Intel chips that it undoubtedly killed with the superior computing and benchmark forces of M1.
As a new year awaits for its upcoming launches and technologies, Apple is gearing up for 2021. As stated by Patently Apple, the recent patent somehow suggests the likelihood of another update for the MacBook Pros, which would concentrate on the Touch Bar led display that has stayed unchanged since its launch last 2016.
Is This Force Touch is 3D Touch for Laptops?
As the name implies, Force Touch would roughly duplicate the initial “3D Touch” technology of the iPhone that first emerged in 2015 with the iPhone 6s. This technology helps consumers with only the weight adjustment added by pressing the screen to provide extra features.
The normal contact is like a left-click on a mouse, and the 3D touch is like a right-click drop-down menu. The role is nifty, especially for individuals who do not want to execute other touches for unique apps to access those functions.
For the iPhone 12, though this role was removed, with the iPhone 11 as its official resting position. The same goes for AppleWatch, which has the same name and feature as Force Contact, but has also been deleted. Despite its removal from handheld devices, according to 9 to 5 Mac, the tech will now find its way for Apple’s computers, particularly the MacBook Pro PC Laptop.