All 15" MBPs have one so it was a no brainer. There are a few factors to consider beyond just the touchbar on the 13" MBP.tauchbar would be okay, but I chose the one without, because you have to trade toucher vs. battery life! The battery life of the nonethouchbar is much much better!
As a half hearted solution to Apple's inability to deliver "Touch" to the Mac. With the event of powerful thin & light 2 in 1 solutions, the ergonomic excuses are well and truly in the same category as "your holding it wrong"The big issue with the touchbar is why is it there. As you point out it's not revolutionary. So why was it introduced?
I don't recall the exact stats but there was some pretty significant differences in battery life between the 13" without and with the Touch Bar, with the touch bar being the only major spec difference.Has it actually been confirmed that the touch bar reduces the battery life by a large margin?
I think everything on a notebook computer needs to have a reason to exists. Most people are not seeing the value of the touchbar. Maybe some day it will be useful. Maybe. But right now, for most people, it is like the Bixby button on my S8. A button attached to minimally valuable software.So is that the criteria? Apple should only add things that are revolutionary? I for one like the Touchbar and I'm glad its there.
But it's actually quicker to switch tabs using your mouse/trackpad/keyboard shortcut, rather than moving your hand away from the natural position, at least I found that to be the case, especially when you have to look where you have to press on the touch bar, affecting your field of view focus.I don't think its revolutionary or anything, but it isn't absolutely terrible like some people say that it is. I like it for what it is. Being able to switch tabs easily is pretty cool.
This. I do not hate it, nor do I think it is a gimmick. I do find the lack of choice somewhat frustrating, though. Some Users really like it a lot, and who am I to tell someone else how they feel? If it works well for someone else, great. If someone says it enhances their personal productivity, I believe them 100%.It's hardware that's priced in that not everyone would use or like enough to justify if it were an optional extra. I think if you had the option to buy the top spec MacBook Pro 15" without touch bar, it would be favoured.
Except it isn’t the only difference.I don't recall the exact stats but there was some pretty significant differences in battery life between the 13" without and with the Touch Bar, with the touch bar being the only major spec difference.