WITH ALL the bad things in the world, it’s good to know there are still people sitting at their computers, making ridiculous, pointless, but cool stuff happen.
And so it goes that we have a new entrant in our things running on things they weren’t mean to run on canon, and it’s a corker.
Apple recently announced a new range of MacBook Pro devices with a Touch Bar, a dynamic keyboard line with a display that changes contextually.
You can see where this is going, right?
You can see the evidence for yourself in the YouTube video below.
What witchcraft is this? At the moment 'diffractive-b3ll' knows, and he doesn’t appear to be telling, but the evidence is there. It’s not only running in the Touch Bar, it’s playable too.
Well, we say playable. If something that is meant to be in 4:3 aspect ratio gets squished it’s going to be a lot more, you know, stupid, but it’s working, and sometimes with these things, practicality goes out the window. See Windows XP working on an Android Watch for details.
What we can glean from this is that the Touch Bar probably works on its own partition of the SSD and can therefore be reprogrammed easily. It’s not a new concept. Dell computers used to have a completely independent media player running on a separate partition, powered by its own set of buttons.
Whether our guess is right or not, it does show the ridiculous versatility of the Touch Bar and, if nothing else, it might give programmers some ideas for practical but more creative uses for a fairly unique bit of kit.
The question is how much time will they want to spend on what is still a niche feature at the moment. µ
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