Apple MacBook Pro 2016 is the hottest topic of discussion these days. Those who already know, can’t stop talking about the new MacBook’s Touch Bar feature. People are curious about it and are looking for ways they can use the functionality on their Macs. If you’re one of the interested people, there is good news for you. You can get MacBook Pro Touch Bar on your Mac. In this post, we’ll discuss how to do so. Let’s get started:
How to get MacBook Pro Touch Bar on your Mac
There are two ways to get MacBook Pro Touch Bar on your Mac. Let’s discuss them in brief:
Method 1: Using iPad as the Touch Bar input
With an intention to bring the Touch Bar feature on all Macs, developers have created an ultimate app called Touch Bar Demo. You can use the tool to access the Touch Bar feature on any Mac. All you need to do is simply connect your iPad to your Mac via USB. It will display all Touch Bar features along with the supported apps. This way you can continue to use the feature on your iPad.
When it comes to installing Touch Bar Demo, you’ll face no problems with the macOS version. However, installing the app on your iPad is not that simple. The utility isn’t available on the App Store. So, you’ll need to assemble it using developer tools and then sideload it on your iPad. For this, you’ll require some important files and instructions which are available here.
Method 2: Adding Touch Bar to the bottom of the Mac display with Touche
In case you don’t have an iPad or you don’t want to waste your time sideloading Touch Bar Demo app, we have a suitable alternative. There is a free app called Touche that brings the functionality of Touch Bar feature on your Mac screen. The utility displays the same controls and features you’ll get in the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. The only difference is that you’ll not be able to touch it like you do when using the actual Touch Bar or the iPad. Still, it serves a lot of purposes.
Installing Touche is very easy. You can install the app like any other macOS app. There is only one requirement:
- Your Mac should be running macOS Sierra 10.12.1 build 16B2657
You’ll not be able to install the app on your Mac if it fails to meet the criterion.
Touche runs like any other standard macOS app. You can assign a keyboard shortcut to turn the app off or on-screen. You can also use it to perform important tasks like you do on the actual Touch bar.
Our complete guide on how to get Touch Bar on your Mac ends here. So, if you are quite fascinated with the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and want to use the feature on your Mac, go through the above-mentioned guide. It will definitely prove helpful. Enjoy!