Apple is expected to launch a newly designed MacBook next year, which is likely to be supported by the company’s own Apple Silicon chipset. Now, before that, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has published a new patent application filed by Cupertino-giant.
It reveals that Apple has applied for a patent for the new touch bar, which is almost the same as the current touch bar, but it has Force Touch technology that can recognize the touch pressure on the screen to perform different actions.
Forced touch technology first appeared in Apple Watch and was introduced in MacBook trackpad in 2015. The company also introduced it as a 3D Touch in the iPhone 6s, but then discontinued it.
At present, it is well known how Apple plans to let users use this forced touch on the MacBook’s Touch Bar. For those who don’t know, the Touch Bar is an interactive OLED strip above the keyboard of MacBook Pro models.
This new Apple patent confirms that, at least for the foreseeable future, at least for MacBook Pro models, the Touch Bar will still exist, although many users do not like this new feature due to accidental touch, and many users think it does not Too much useful.