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Apple today refreshed its Mac notebook lineup with all-new 13 and 15-inch models that have Touch Bar and Touch ID in place of the hardware function keys row, among other new features. It’s a stellar feature that I can’t wait to use.

According to Apple, the Touch Bar is meant to replace the function keys “that have long occupied the top of your keyboard with something much more versatile and capable.” I’m sold on the new Touch Bar, but where did the dedicated Power button go and how exactly do you turn this thing on now?

According to The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, the new MacBook Pro now automatically powers on when you open it. And when you want to turn it off, you just hold down the Touch ID button found at the rightmost side of the Touch Bar.

So technically, Touch ID is the power button.

This bit about Touch Bar is also interesting:

What you might not have gathered from the keynote is that it has a matte finish, which makes the buttons on it somehow feel a little more physical. It’s bright, but not so bright that it distracts—it seems to be about on par with the brightness of the backlit keyboard.

Pretty neat, no?

Source: The Verge

  • czbird

    No Fn keys, no love.

    • Shadowelite123

      It does, its just not physical keys.

      • czbird

        I prefer the real thing 😉

      • Shadowelite123

        cant argue with preference

    • No MagSafe ‘2’, no love..

      • Nolan I.

        It was a great idea but a lot of users experienced general sketchiness (jiggly, not wanting to connect, disconnecting while charging etc). USB-C is better.

        Now if only they would call it it’s proper name (USB-C) and not “Thunderbolt 3” or whatever, it may have the speed and bandwidth, but it clearly is not a Thunderbolt port.

      • In most cast mag safe sold the computer. The fact you didnt have to deal with break your charger or the port is the best thing ever. The fact they took a step backward is perplexing. They could’ve even kept it and still let you charge via USB-C. Those things have plenty of space.

      • Rene “WaschBaer LP” Hippe

        hey thunderbolt 2 is also not a thunderbold port just a displayport … but the protocol used for thunderbold etc make it a thunderbold port so it is a thunderbold port ( in terms of specs ) physicaly its just a usb c port 😛

      • port87

        u can charge it with a battery pack.

      • Let’s hope someone makes a USB-C to MagSafe adapter (or magnetic charger).

        i.e. Install a magnetic receiver at the USB-C port, and then add an adapter to the end of the USB-C cable.

        Sounds like too much work and sacrificing a USB-C port, but potentially a workable alternative.

      • Emmanuel Lemor

        BreakSafe should be what you are looking for

      • This is exactly it! Thank you!!

    • joe_l

      There is a model with solid, classic Fn keys, for those who prefer that.

      • czbird

        Not 15″ :-/

  • OWashe

    I want one

  • Vipal Desai

    I thought they said they put the touch ID right on the power button.

    • nova voter

      they did. it’s in the article. powers in when you open it, hold down Touch ID to power down.

      • Vipal Desai

        I meant to power on with the Touch ID. but since its not a physical button, I guess that doesn’t make sense.

      • Rene “WaschBaer LP” Hippe

        according to apple page it sounds like a power button they say press it down and hold it to power off 😀

      • It is a physical button.

  • nova voter

    I love the strip but can’t begin to afford it.

  • Nolan I.

    Gee I wonder, how do you reset the SMC…

  • Leslie Bee

    Most of these recent articles fail to mention that the new MacBook Pro includes Apple’s new “butterfly keyboard”. The one with minimal travel and a spongey feel. The same one they unveiled in the new MacBook a year ago.

    I’m still waiting for Apple to introduce a membrane keyboard like the one on the old Atari 400. That one was virtually impossible to type on, but it was super thin. We all know how much Apple loves making things thinner, regardless of the ramifications.

    • Jimmy John

      Actually, it’s a better version of the keyboard introduced on the Macbook. I never liked the first version but the new version is great.

  • nullcodes

    If you press the Touch ID for too long, the computer will shut off? This sounds dumb.

    • Asif Islam

      Just so you know, you would have to be deliberately holding the Touch ID for a long time. Just like when you hold the power button to turn off a computer.

    • Timothy

      If you press your iPhone’s Touch ID too long, does Siri pop up? The Touch ID feature is activated just by touching it, not pushing down.

      • nullcodes

        Yes, Siri does pop up.

      • Timothy

        …maybe I wasn’t clear enough? Touch ID is activated by *resting* your finger on the sensor, not pushing the button. You can rest your finger on the home button for an hour and nothing will happen; the same is true for the Touch ID sensor on the MacBook Pro.

      • nullcodes

        The Touch ID button is flush with the bezel and requires more force than pressing the keyboards power button. Unless they increased the force needed to press the key from the standard 55grams I think the chance of pressing it is high. I understand the button no longer brings up the reset and shutdown options so that is one improvement they made. There is still the danger of it resetting if you press it for six seconds (possible if your browser is freezing on Apple Pay and you are trying to get it to work).

      • It’s not like a normal key. You need a fair amount of force on it to activate. I have never accidentally pushed it when using Touch ID. Well I didn’t even know you could click it like a button until I read it was online and tried it.

  • Loqqy Free

    As long as I can use the new like my old Air it’s fine. Mine sits on a stand closed and uses an external monitor. My concern was that it would turn on when opened, off when closed up. I don’t really need the touch bar at all for the way I use my systems, but would use it only away from the desk.

  • Jimmy John

    I actually have one of those 🙂

  • susi johnston

    Thanks!