We’re all excited about the new MacBook Pro that is reportedly coming out this month, and we’ve just learned that Apple has released the fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1. Build 16B2548a, as it’s called, is available on the Mac App Store for registered machines.
The biggest change in the new MacBook Pro is expected to be the OLED display bar that will replace the ‘Function Row’ at the top of the keyboard. The software on macOS Sierra 10.12.1 will be critical to how this works. Essentially, it’s an interactive touch-bar menu that will allow you to control music player settings, among other things.
What the OLED Touch-bar Means to the new MacBook Pro 2016
The OLED touch-bar is likely to have the same functionality and shortcuts as the current function row, but it’s very likely to have a lot more. One report suggested that Apple might put “contextually sensitive buttons” so you have a different set of controls depending on the app you’re currently using. It has also been suggested that the dock icons may make their appearance here.
Apple obviously wants to bring touch interface to its laptops with the new MacBook Pro 2016, but the question now is: to what extent can they bring touch functionality to integrate with the apps available for the new MacBook Pro.
There’s also talk of the power button doubling up as a TouchID sensor on the new MacBook Pro so users can validate their Apple Pay transactions, user authentication and even unlocking the device.
And that brings us back to the criticality of macOS Sierra 10.12.1. All of this functionality has to reside in the operating system so it’s imperative that Apple get it right the first time. Otherwise, it will end up like Windows 10 with a myriad of problems and a high number of user issues.
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