The MacBook Pro Touchbar is a versatile tool that came with its own set of issues. While it does offer the ability to customize the heck out it, there was one essential feature missing, the haptic feedback. So how to add haptic feedback to MacBook Pro Touch Bar? We will solve this issue in the coming paragraphs.
Apple also took away the old school shortcut keys that most people were used to which has only added to the confusion. Located just above the physical keyboard, Apple went ahead with the Touch Bar to offer a programmable OLED strip that is dynamic and can be adapted to your specific needs. While it looks beautiful and works great, it leaves something to be desired.
How to add haptic feedback to MacBook Pro Touch Bar
Haptic Touch Bar is a smart little app for MacBooks designed by Bopsoft. As the name suggests, it will add haptic feedback functionality to your touch bar. How will it achieve this, something that Apple seems to have forgotten so conveniently?
The Force Touch trackpad (Apple needs to change the name, really) comes with a Taptic engine which already supports this feature. Using this underlying Taptic Engine, Haptic Touch Bar will provide haptic feedback everytime you press a button on your Touch Bar. So whether you are engaging with Spotify, launching an app, pausing a movie or changing the sound level, you will receive haptic feedback that will let you know that what you are trying to do has been done. It is simply reassuring, that’s all. We never doubted you, Mac.
So, when you download the free trial version of Haptic Touch Bar, you will notice a new option in the menu. Something like this:
This will allow you to make some basic changes to your Touch Bar’s haptic feedback. The options are pretty self-explanatory but let’s go through them once:
- Enable Haptic Touch Bar – This will enable the app to add the haptic feedback functionality to your Touch Bar
- Start at Login – This will enable the app to launch automatically at login without you having to enable it manually.
- Repeat When Holding a Key – This will repeat the haptic feedback when you continue to press and hold a key on your Touch Bar.
- Intensity – This will allow you to choose from 4 levels of intensity when you press the Touch Bar key.
- Finally, you can quit the app altogether or provide feedback to the developer on possible features or bugs.
Temporary limitations of Haptic Touch Bar
For an app that costs $4.99, I wasn’t happy with the results. You see, the app will only support Escape key and Function keys from F1 to F12. But Touch Bar offers a myriad of options from taking phone calls to adjusting volume, launching apps to using emojis and so much more. What about them?
Sadly, this is a challenging task and though the developer is working on it, it is not available as of yet. So you will have to make do with the default function keys if you are looking for haptic feedback.
In my personal experience, I wanted to use the new Touch Bar more than I wanted the haptic feedback. After all, I actually bought the newer version of MacBook Pro just because of the Touch Bar. It looks so cool!
There is a free version available on the site that will be valid for a period of 14 days. After the trial run ends, you will need to fork out $4.99 for the full version. Once the app is ready to support dynamic Touch Bar functions and keys, not an easy feat, by the way, the cost is a small price to pay for the added functionality.
I did say that the app is still not there yet, however, it does have potential to make lives of us MacBook Pro users that much easier by .
I would recommend following the developments of the app, and the developer himself to be in the know when the app is updated and ready to support dynamic buttons.
If you have used the Haptic Touch Bar app on your MacBook Pro (Touch Bar version), let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Did you loved it or found it limiting?
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