Is The Touchbar Supposed to Be a Tad Blurry?

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  1. ashortuse macrumors newbie

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    Picked up a maxed out 15" refurb from Apple today and immediately notices that the touchbar is not as sharp as I thought it would be. It's not terrible looking by any means but I thought it would be "retina" sharp especially since it's OLED. Probably being a little OCD here but it being a refurb and all I want to make sure everything is in working order. Other than that no issues so far, will need to keep an eye on thermals and battery life.

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  2. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    I agree with you - I don't think it's supposed to be blurry, but rather it was a cost decision honestly.

    It's a bit disappointing, no question. You'd think it would be TACK sharp, at least on the 15" high end/high cost model. I find that it really stands out in comparison to the text on the keyboard keys themselves.

    Hopefully v2 (if they insist on keeping TouchBars going) has haptics and better resolution.
     
  3. ashortuse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup, it's quite odd that no reviewers talked about it, you would think they would. It's not game changing and I don't think there really is a good reason to waste more pixels but it would make it much more pleasing to the eye.
     
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    I only saw it in a store, but yeah, that thing looks blurry as **** compared to the screen above it.
     
  5. zen macrumors 68000

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    That's kinda weird, given the Touch Bar is OLED. Should be sharper than LCD, shouldn't it?
     
  6. Daranx macrumors regular

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    Probably a new feature for the next revision of the MBP; Retina display TouchBar.

    I guess it was a tradeoff between more pixels (with sharper image) and power consumption. It doesn't bother me much, but what does bother me is that I can't find a way to adjust the brightness of the TouchBar, unless I'm missing something?
     
  7. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    Anytime Apple releases a new feature or product they never give all the cake away there are always revisions to make it better next year. It's a marketing trick just like car sales to keep buyers coming back.

    You think Apple doesn't realize it's blurry or that they could have made it better the first time? Of course they know.
     
  8. Super Xander macrumors regular

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    I am agreeing with you. I think it is advertised in the way that you cannot see the individual pixels from a normal distance. But that said, the screen reminds me of some of the first generation OLED screen there was a little blurry at the same way.
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I don't think it's blurry, to my eyes it looks like the glass covering it has a "matte" texture to it that gives that appearance.
     
  10. fuzzystig macrumors newbie

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    This is exactly what it is, I think the display Is plenty sharp, its just got a matte screen over it.
     
  11. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Which I believe is to "match" the matte-ness of the keyboard.
     
  12. ilifecomputer macrumors 6502

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    the matte also makes it less fingerprinty and oily
     
  13. csurfr macrumors 6502a

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    Am I the only one that would like to be able to have the ability to make the touch bar brighter?
     
  14. aevan macrumors 68000

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    No, OLED has nothing to do with sharpness - it's just how the image is displayed (organic diodes in OLED screens vs Liquid Crystals in LCD). If anything, I remember how OLEDs used to be less sharp on phones because most of them (at least those that I saw) used a pentile subpixel scheme. But that's beside the point. They do offer better contrast than LCD, though.

    As for sharpness - it's comes down to resolution and the subpixel scheme. You can make a high-res or low-res OLED screen just like any other.

    The Touch Bar has a slightly lower resolution - most likely to reduce battery usage, and - perhaps even for performance reasons (it is run by a separate ARM chip). Either way, I think it looks quite fine. I love how it matches the rest of the buttons visually.
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not the display technology but the resolution. I suspect for cost reasons Apple did not opt for an OLED display with a high pixel density. I'm not knocking Apple on this, but just making an observation.

    Tbh, when I saw the TB in the apple store, I didn't really even notice it was less sharp then the display. I'm sure if I owned one, I might be more cognizant of it.
     
  16. aevan macrumors 68000

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    Apple almost certainly didn't choose a lower res screen for cost reasons (does ANY decision they made for the MBP look like cost-saving to you?) - but for battery life and performance of the ARM chip driving the display. I believe they made a compromise between aesthetics and performance.
     
  17. EnesM macrumors 6502

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    Yep. Another small detail never mentioned is that the background that is supposed to be black is sort of grayish. It reminds me of iPhone 3G display :)
     
  18. Brookzy macrumors 68040

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    I agree that it looks relatively blurry.

    Yet weirdly, it has about the same pixel density as the main display, but doesn't look as sharp.
     
  19. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    I noticed it was blurry the first time I used it, we still don't know how much current it draws off the battery by being on. I really think Apple should incorporate a setting such as high low and off. While off turns it completely off it will come back for quick uses and then quickly turn itself back off, while the esc key stays on all the time. I think Apple tried to create a happy medium by giving it a low res cast and just the right amount of brightness but I still think there is huge room for improvement thus the reason they didn't make it perfect the first time when we know they could have.
     
  20. zen macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the answers! I've been playing a lot on my wife's Samsung phone, the screen of which completely blows me away, so I got my wires crossed!
     
  21. aevan macrumors 68000

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    It is intentionally grayish because of the matte finish, so it matches the rest of the keys on the keyboard.
     

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