Apple again rumored to “cancel the Touch Bar” from future MacBook Pros
The Touch Bar’s days are numbered, according to reports recently that speculate on what Apple may (or may not) include as part of its rumored upcoming MacBook Pro redesign, with display industry experts Display Supply Chain Consultants backing up reports that the MacBook Pro’s small OLED strip could be dropped in a future design update.
The report by David Naranjo, via 9to5Mac, suggests the Touch Bar – the OLED panel at the very top of the keyboard that allows users to interact with their Mac with dynamic controls – will be exceeded by tablets when Apple starts the adoption of a new 10.9-inch iPad, adding that sources are claiming Apple will “cancel the Touch Bar” in the future.
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is often referred to as one of the most reliable Apple analysts, reported that the Touch Bar would likely be dropped from the MacBook Pro later this year when Apple gives the machine a design refresh, which is expected to see the return of MagSafe on the Mac, added I/O ports, and a new “flat-edged” look.
The DSCC says Apple is expected to release its first OLED iPad in 2023, matching with a previous Digitimes report, which claimed Apple was exploring various new display technologies for future iPads and MacBooks.