The Apple rumors are heating up as we get closer to WWDC and one of those rumors is the MacBook Touchbar. Supposedly Apple will be getting rid of the top row of function keys on the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros replacing it with a touchbar. Rumors were sort of kind of confirmed when a MacBook Pro chassis was leaked and it appeared the function keys were gone. There was a small connector on that chassis that looked like it may be for a touchbar but nothing has been confirmed.
We may not have an actual real machine to look at but we do have a concept. Designer, Simon Tucker, gave us permission to write about his vision of what a MacBook Touchbar would look like and what its functionality would be. The below video gives you a quick look at what he envisions the MacBook Touchbar to be and offers up ideas for the Apple team to maybe take to heart.
I picture, if they go with something akin to my concept, they’ll toss some sort of Force Touch integration into the mix, that way you still get tactile feedback. I can see sliders being a big thing as well, especially if they do use Force Touch.
The idea of Force Touch integration into the MacBook Touchbar hadn’t crossed my mind but that makes total sense. Simon has some brilliant ideas for what the touchbar could be and is working on a longer version of this video which we hope to bring in the future should he complete it.
For now this 14 second concept is pretty awesome and could point to what we may see from Apple in the near future. What do you think of this concept? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.