RIP Touch Bar: Apple is getting rid of MacBooks with the controversial touch screen at the top of keyboards

  • Apple has given its controversial Touch Bar the ax.

  • The company will stop selling new MacBook Pro laptops with the touch screen above the keyboard.

  • While some users liked the feature, others thought it useless or missed the tactile buttons it replaced.

Apple is doing away with one of its most controversial MacBook features after seven years. The company is discontinuing the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and with it, the love-it-or-hate-it Touch Bar.

The touch-sensitive OLED display above the keyboard replaced physical buttons for functions like volume and screen brightness, and also offered things like typing suggestions and shortcuts to emoji and Siri. It also showed different options specific to the apps or systems you had open at the time, like showing your different tabs when you're using Safari, for example.

Apple will replace the laptop with the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the new M3 chip, announced at the company's "Scary Fast" Halloween-themed event Monday night. Some 13-inch MacBook Pros didn't have a Touch Bar, but either way Apple will no longer sell new 13-inch MacBook Pros.

The Touch Bar has been a divisive feature since it was first introduced in 2016. Some users liked the variety of different options it could offer in one panel, while others felt it was unnecessary or too prone to accidental taps. Some people also just missed the tactile buttons that the dynamic touch-screen strip replaced.

The company took a step toward nixing the Touch Bar in 2021, when it got rid of the Touch Bar from the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro and went back to tactile function keys.

"There's no doubt that our Pro customers love that full-size, tactile feel of those function keys, and so that's the decision we made. And we feel great about that," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a WIRED interview that year.

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