How will we use function keys on the rumored touch bar

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jdasikainen, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. jdasikainen macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2016
    Bald Knob Arkansas
    with the rumor of a touchbar on the new macbook pro how will we use the function keys right now its presss fn and then the key but if we loose the f keys what then. i know certin aplications use them and even some games only thing i can think of is f3 in minecraft to puull up the information screen. but i know many other things use the f keys any ideas what they will do.
  2. UnluckyXIII macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2014
    If the OLED bar is dynamic for each application then it will change to the function keys you require. They may also retain the fn key and when you press it the OLED bar would switch to its sub-function. The possibilities are endless and if anything it's going to add to and make life easier when using the MacBook
  3. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
  4. Hyloba macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2014
    For someone who would use the mbp as a mobile work station, I fear the oled bar would be of little use. I would most likely use an external keyboard and screen, and in rare occasion would I use the laptop seperately. I don't know if the oled bar is worth it for those moments.
  5. jdasikainen thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2016
    Bald Knob Arkansas
    hopefully they have an option to allow us to make the oled bar just show f1 through 12 i think that would be the best option use it if you want to don't if you don't another thing that worries me is windows compatability there are things when booted into windows you need the f keys for
  6. ljjycss, Oct 11, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2016

    ljjycss macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2016
    Maybe 3d touch? Press is shortcut, Deep press is fn? I wish OLED bar could also act as a second display, so I can have fullscreen and dock at the same time. It would be better if mouse/trackpad could be navigated into this display.
  7. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003

    Don't think it'll have 3D touch, but that's a great idea. I'm hoping that there will be an option to replicate your dock in the OLED bar when it's hidden on the screen and you're in the finder. I don't think it'll *look* like the actual dock, though--just your apps on a black background, and no stacks/trash.

    Aside from that, all I really want are media keys and support in Word, Pages, and Scrivener. Anything that I can put in a toolbar I should be able to turn into a button.
  8. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    How will we use it?

    For a *few* applications it will likely be useful - for those that use those apps in portable mode, while those of us typically plugging our MB/MBPs into external keyboards and displays will make 'Meh' sounds.

    Eventually some will like it, and the rest will be annoyed with it and start cursing over this useless 'innovation.'
    Of course, Siri will hear you and promptly spam the OLED function row with various angry or unhappy emojis.

    I think I covered it all? :D
  9. bjet767 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2010
    I think I'll use it as a function bar, like I do today, and bet that like my rMB it will have a shift key to change it.

    What I'm looking forward to is a lightweight machine with enough processor to really run a VM well, because my rMB chokes with a VM running.
  10. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    I'd be happy if they would just leave the dang thing off. It's a silly gimmick, in my opinion.
  11. Technodynamic macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    perhaps plugged in it's always on. battery... it can auto dim if not in use.

    I don't know, I can think of a lot of useful functions for it, all app specific: Photoshop shortcuts, Premiere shortcuts, audio controls, common functions for outlook, word, etc.
  12. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    Hopefully it will be user customizable per application.

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