Will there be Touch Bar in the desktop Mac?
I think that wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Apple finally lost the status of a computer Corporation, finding the status of the leading manufacturer of mobile technology, accessories and even services. This evolution is quite natural, and fans of the brand worldwide perfectly understand it, virtually painless reacting to the current changes. Perhaps that is why we do not expect that so suddenly Apple will roll out something truly professional, superior in its characteristics and functionality of branded laptops. Or is it waiting for?
Despite the apparent success of mobile technology and the obvious decline of the professional technology, the percentage of users interested in the last few years has not diminished one iota. The people did not less to work with 3D graphics, and the music video has not abandoned the installation. They continue to do their work on devices two or three, and even five years ago, not paying the slightest attention to the news. This is a sure sign that not far off are the days when a segment of devices in danger of exhausting its resources at all, forcing their owners to change to something more like a compromise a new MacBook Pro.
Such an outcome, given the growing interest of Apple to the new standards, is the most likely of all. Of course, neither iMac nor the Mac Pro (remember that?) if a hardware upgrade will not lose familiar to most of the interfaces such as HDMI or SDXC. But not to equip them with revolutionary panel called Touch Bar would be the height of blasphemy by the manufacturer. Hence a natural question about the ways of its integration, the number of which is reduced to one – introduction to the external keyboard Magic Keyboard. Is it possible? Of course. Is it practical? Unlikely, and here’s why.
The main argument against the Touch Bar for desktops is a delay in the connection. What would be a productive data transmission standard choose in Cupertino, to avoid even minimal delay when sending commands over the air will still fail. The most logical thing in this situation would be to connect the keyboard cable, but it does not fit with the Apple-backed concept of the wireless future. And then there’s the Touch ID scanner, often requiring communication with the servers of the company and, as a consequence, high energy consumption.
On the other hand, to abandon the introduction of such innovative chips for desktops, which in Cupertino have high hopes, too. First, then, functional differences between the models become too much, that it hardly will positively affect the integrity of the ecosystem. And secondly, the incompatibility of a truly professional devices with Touch Bar will cause consumers to certain doubts about the real benefits of and the need touchpad. In the end, even the possibility of instant identification via Touch ID is only available on laptops, will not entail anything except frustration.