Dynamic Function Row—please tell me this isn't happening

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sandy Santra, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. Sandy Santra macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    I keep hearing rumors…a touchy-feely strip replaces the function keys?!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  2. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    Looking likely from latest rumours, I know Lenovo tried it on the X1 Carbon and it went down like a "lead ballon" with Thinkpad users, so much so that next model the X1 Carbon reverted to a normal KB.

    Personally just think it`s a gimmick, there`s a lot I would like to see done with the MBP, and this is not the first thing that would come to my mind. Only thing that might work is if the individual keys have an AMOLED display, if just a strip that has some force feedback not overly interested.

    Problem with Apple is if it turns out to be crap we will be stuck with it for years, As Apple has no interest in customer feedback. Hopefully the implementation will be good, equally I am staying clear of the 1st Gen, having more than done my fair share of Beta testing for Apple...

  3. Sandy Santra thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    Agreed. I would MUCH rather have their time, energy, work, and value be put into upgrading memory and storage specs. I HAVE to get something larger than 1TB in my next machine; that amount of storage is palpably small these days. But I won't accept a ribbon in place of the function keys. It's bad enough that they've changed their keyboard builds so drastically for the recent ultra-thin MacBook and iPad Smart Keyboard. (At least the Magic Keyboard has great action.)

    As far as design goes, I have been thrilled with the iPad Pro 12". And today, while in one of their stores, I tried out the Magic Trackpad 2; I was so amazed by the thing's stellar responsiveness that I bought one on the spot.

    They are capable of doing great things—and have done many, many great things in the past. The problem is, they are capable of making the occasional INCRDEDIBLY bad design decision; and as you point out, consumers are then stuck with a debacle for a few years. Another good example of this is the power button directly opposite the volume buttons on the large iPhones; you can't easily turn the phone off, because every time you go to press the power button, you accidentally hit the one of the volume buttons simultaneously, sending the OS a completely different command.
  4. haydn! macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Apple has a history though, of taking old ideas and tech and implementing it better. The iPhone for example...

    No doubt Lenovo just added it because touch was cool, not because it served a real purpose or added value to the OS.

    I'm curious to see what Apple are doing with it, I guess we'll find out soon though!
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    That was when Steve Jobs was alive.

    This "dynamic function row" is just a gimmick.
  6. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    I am waiting to see what the new one brings... If it has the OLED bar then I will probably buy a new 2015 version (which should be heavily discounted - bonus)..

    I am not diggin the OLED bar. Everything else rumor wise sounds good to me but that OLED bar? PASS
  7. argentum47 macrumors regular


    Jun 18, 2014
    Exactly same opinion here. They can implement what should be done with those custom keys with individual OLED keys without compromising usability. If they actually need a large strip for trying to implement what they want to, they're probably creating unnecessary gimmick at the cost of worsened usability. Unlike software gimmicks (e.g., Launchpad, Siri for OS X) that can be ignored if floppy, these will stay for 3~4 years and it is certainly concerning.
  8. Rkuda macrumors regular


    May 23, 2016
    LOL That's really not how that works.

    So I guess no new MBP for you then?

    Apple can do wonderful and innovative things. But they better not ever even THINK of changing [random thing that angry internet forum people are super obsessive about]!!!! Or else!

    I never use the Function keys despite using a lot of sophisticated software on it. So looking forward to some possible innovation there.

    Also no one should ever use ****** PC OEM poor attempts at a feature as a reason for Apple to not do something.
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I never use the function keys, a set of keys that changes their relevance for whatever app I'm in would be bloody great as far as I'm concerned.

    As to what others have done badly, how many bad fingerprint readers were on phones before Apple got it right????

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