Apple MacBook Pro might get a Touch Bar that you don’t actually need to touch


Apple could be planning to upgrade the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro models so it’s capable of detecting in-air gestures made by the user’s fingers. In other words, you won’t actually need to touch the bar to use it.

At any rate, going by a patent (filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office, as spotted by Patently Apple) the idea is to implement a sensing strip in the Touch Bar – possibly incorporating optical sensor elements – which will be able to detect fingers hovering above it.

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