A new workaround in the form of the Touch Bar Demo App is allowing iPad users to explore the Touch Bar found on Apple’s new MacBook Pro.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro has drawn a wide gamut of criticism from professional circles, and much of that has been directed to the laptop’s new Touch Bar.
While new MacBook Pro models that support the Touch Bar have yet to ship, a team of developers by the names Andreas Verhoeven and Robbert Klarenbeek have beaten Apple to the punch with a new workaround that lets users try the Touch Bar on board a connected iPad.
The app provides an alternative display for the Touch Bar, the support for which is baked-in to all versions of macOS Sierra. Using the app alongside a Sierra-compatible iMac, Mac Mini, or MacBook model, users can trigger an on-screen bar on their iPad by pressing the Fn key.
Making use of the app is a somewhat tricky process; To begin using the iPad app, users will need to update macOS Sierra to 10.12.1 – build 16B2657 – from here. The iPad app can be downloaded from GitHub here.
To run the app, users will need to download the TouchBar Xcode project file from GitHub and sideload the application using Xcode onto their iPad. The development team have graciously provided a comprehensive list of instructions which can be found here.
Once that’s taken care of, users will be able to launch the app on their iPad, connect it to their Mac via a USB cable, and begin using the Touch Bar as they would on Apple’s new MacBook Pro.
What are your thoughts? Do you see any sense in Apple’s decision to place a touch strip on the new MacBook Pro? Do you plan to trial the workaround? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!