Are Fingerprints the Reason Behind the Touch Bar?


Apologies if this one has been done before…

My initial reaction to this touch bar thing was “neat” until I realized that it was not accompanied by a touch screen. I have a mac but I primarily use a Lenovo Carbon X1 (ohhh yeaaa). I find myself constantly trying to scroll with my fingers on the screen whenever I’m on a mac. To me, the touch screen is intuitive.

BUT I have always hated finger prints on my screens. Even when I was young, I’d see my mom jab her finger on the monitor and I’d cringe. When friends pointed at something on my computer by touching the screen I would passive aggressively wipe the finger prints off. I knew that touch screens would force me to change this behavior, or at least change my tolerances a bit.

The other day I was lounging around with the Lenovo and the sun was coming through the window such that the massive amount of finger prints on my screen meant that I couldn’t actually see what was on the screen behind those finger prints. For a moment I said to myself, “What the hell are all these finger prints?” before realizing that they were obviously me using the touch screen. That’s when it hit me…

Is Apple’s reluctance to get on board with a touch screen as simple and “Apple-pretentious” enough to be an aversion to fingerprints on their “most beautiful display ever”?

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    lordbaal1 - 2 months ago

    iPhone and iPad gets finger prints. Finger prints can easily be wiped of.

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    inlocoabsentia Alpha Member #1634 - 2 months ago

    I talked to someone last night about the new MBP. He was actually looking forward to the touch bar. For him, the USB-C ports were a much bigger deal.

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    jkosborn4 - 2 months ago

    Lenovo tried the touchpad instead of function keys on the Thinkpad. That lasted almost a year. Then they apologized and put the F keys back in the next round of models.

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      Tim Alpha Member #20 - 2 months ago
      In reply to jkosborn4:

      Yeah, we had one in the office. It was horrid. It still had a touch screen though.

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    JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 2 months ago

    I think it's more Apple that realize that to make MacOS support a touchscreen it will require a major overhaul that will cost a lot if time and money. And for now they are betting on iOS, and iPad, problem is that iPad sales are falling year over year. Their users scream about them wanting a touchscreen on their MacBook's but at this point in time Apple simply can't deliver that. So a touchbar is all you get

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      Finley Alpha Member #1029 - 2 months ago
      In reply to JudaZuk:

      I agree with JudaZuk here. MacOS is just not touch compatible. That being said Apple doesn't have to make every interaction touch friendly since MacOS won't be on tablets so users will always have a mouse and keyboard for the non touch friendly buttons.