Do you have a spare iPad that you don’t often get a chance to use? Now is the right that for it. A developer was able to come up with an app called TouchBarDemoApp that brings the new Touch Bar feature to older Mac versions.
If you haven’t noticed, at the Oct launch event, Apple released another edition to their MacBook Pro. This time, they “revolutionizes the keyboard experience’” by adding accessible features to your keyboard.
Here’s how it look:
Apple’s take on their new Touch Bar:
The Touch Bar can make your app more accessible to new users while giving your pro users greater efficiency in their workflows. And working in full screen is even more productive, since users can still easily access the tools and controls they need.
Okay, so now we have a good idea as to how this thing work.
Along with that, Apple also mentioned that the new MacBook Pro is thinner than the previous model, faster graphics, and has a brighter display. With that being said, the price for this new MacBook Pro is much higher.
Shut up and take my money
If you want to use the OLED Touch Bar but don’t want to waste any more money, here’s an alternative. Despite it being integrated into the keyboard that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to install on older MacBooks.
The app I talked about earlier was released on Github as an open source. It will allow you to access your macOS Touch Bar from an iPad.
There are two ways of launching it:
- Connecting your iPad to a Mac computer through USB connection
- On-screen using the Fn-key
The second method is convenient for those who don’t own an iPad.
How to Install Touch Bar on Mac running macOS
- Download and Install the latest version of macOS Sierra
- Click here and download the latest .ZIP
- Put the extracted app into your Applications folder
- Launch Xcode to access the TouchBar.xcodeproj file
- Connect your iOS device > Select TouchBarClient target and your device
For more information regarding this, see their page.
As of right now, the process of installing this app is quite complicated. I suggest only developers get their hands on it. If you’re a regular user, wait for the author to release another version.
And that’s pretty much what the TouchBarDemoApp does. It installs the Touch Bar feature on older MacBook, so you don’t have to spend a single dime on the new one.