You can now use the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar with Office for Mac.
Following a brief beta preview, Microsoft has rolled out Touch Bar functionality for the feature.
Originally announced less than 12 hours after the MacBook Pro launch, Touch Bar support is being added to all of the main Office apps, according to release notes for the productivity suite. Wider availability of the feature began on Thursday, just eight days after users enrolled in Microsoft’s beta testing program were able to try it out for the first time.
Following the original October event for the 2016 MacBook Pro, wherein it was announced that Microsoft Office would offer Touch Bar integration in the coming months, this appears to be about to come true.
Microsoft has announced that Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook would feature Touch Bar support, including quick access to text formatting, object ordering and other tools.
Apple is apparently developing an ARM-based chip for its Mac products that would “take on more of the functionality” handled by Intel processors.
In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It’s built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling “Power Nap” low-power mode functionality.
If you have a new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebook and are looking to take the bar exam, you might need to leave the notebook behind.
According to an announcement from testing software company ExamSoft, the Touch Bar’s predictive text feature could compromise “exam integrity.”
For law students looking to take the North Carolina bar exam, test proctors have been instructed to keep a look out for models with the Touch Bar and technicians will be on hand to ensure the feature is disabled. Test takers will be approved to use the laptops provided they followed ExamSoft’s helpful instructions for reverting the Touch Bar back to a row of standard function keys.
Following a retest, Consumer Reports has given the 2016 MacBook Pro its recommendation.
The change comes after retests wherein the publication and Apple worked together. fter becoming aware of a Safari bug that may have impacted results, Consumer Reports recently started retesting on a newer build of macOS Sierra in which the bug was supposedly fixed.
Following the original tests, Consumer Reports cited that the notebook’s battery life was too varied to recommend the machines. Apple argued the point as well as the fact that the specific tests CR had run they uncovered an “obscure and intermittent” bug within Safari.
Consumer Reports feels there’s an issue with the 2016 MacBook Pro battery.
The publication, which has reviewed the notebook, Consumer Reports explained that while the new models held up well in terms of display quality and performance, the battery life issues were too big of an issue to overlook.
The organization tested three MacBook Pro variants: a 13-inch Touch Bar model, a 15-inch Touch Bar model, and a 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. The general consensus was that “MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.”
A number of users who shelled out for the new 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar are finding battery run times far short of Apple’s claimed up to 10 hours of usage.
Granted, there are a wide number of variables that can affect overall battery performance, but a number of users have reported the issue at hand.
For example, one user going by the handle “Aioriya” stated that the fully loaded 13-inch model and claims that with just light use – web browsing mainly – the battery is only lasting around five or six hours or so.
Thanksgiving is over and the Black Friday deals are about to begin at both online and back and mortar outfits. Assorted retail stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart began opening their doors last night and the following list of deals can be found for assorted Apple devices:
Where there iPad Pro is concerned, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449.
For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall is offering the following prices:
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767, down from $899 ($132 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $988, down from $1,266 ($278 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $1,128, down from $1,297 ($169 off)
The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro notebooks has its fans and its detractors, but the fact that developer Adam Bell was able to run a copy of the classic shooter “Doom” on it is nothing short of awesome.
Keep in mind that since the Touch Bar is essentially a mini Apple Watch jammed above the notebook keyboard, there’s no reason it too can’t get involved. Bell stepped up to the plate for this one, uploading the following killer video to YouTube: