Let the Mac touchscreen be your guide. I’m a proponent of a touchscreen Mac notebook. Why? Look around. The Windows PC industry sells far more* touchscreen notebooks than Apple sells Macs. The only segment of the entire PC industry that is not falling like presidential approval ratings is the one with touchscreen PCs. Even cheapie Chromebooks have touchscreens.
The Mac, though, has a big touchpad; the trackpad, which also allows similar gestures to that used by Windows folk on their touchscreen notebooks. Apple says no touchscreen for you. Or, me. OK. But if you want a touchscreen Mac here’s how to get it.
It’s called AirBar.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Did you see it?
AirBar is that elegant little bar that runs from left to right between the MacBook’s keyboard and the Mac screen. What it does it turn the Mac notebook into a touchscreen.
Yep. And it works just like a touchscreen should. Scroll, click on links, use typical iPad-like gestures, control various elements, even write with your finger in a drawing app. It works with the Mac’s Launchpad and Dock to launch apps.
For all intents and purposes, this is the Mac touchscreen notebook you’ve **always wanted. Use it with a finger, pencil, paintbrush, or your nose.
The way TouchBar works is rather simple, if not exactly elegant. The toucher fits in the aforementioned location between the Mac’s keyboard and screen. It’s USB so there’s an unsightly cable sticking out the side.
That’s about it.
Oh, one more thing. AirBar only works with the 13-inch MacBook Air. Yes, that MacBook Air. It’s the only MacBook Air Apple still sells so you can see the problem here. Unfortunately, the new MacBook Pro models don’t have enough space for the AirBar to fit between keyboard and screen. Depending upon available stock and model, price seems to range from $69 to $99.
I have to admit that it’s a cool idea whose time has come, and a relatively inexpensive way to get a touchscreen into a Mac notebook, but it would be cumbersome to carry the AirBar stick around, and the USB cable diminishes the Mac’s svelte look.
To each his own.
* I guessed
** Unless you didn’t