Back in 2016, Apple announced a significant update to its MacBook Pro lineup of laptops. The 2016 MacBook Pro was much thinner and more powerful than its predecessors, making it a compelling machine. However, what sets the 2016 MacBook Pro apart from its competitors lies in a brand new Touch Bar, which sits at the top of the keyboard and replaces the function keys.
A lot of third-party developers have been working on making their apps compatible with the new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro since the launch day. In reality, there are a lot of apps out there that can work with Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and we will help you find out.
In this article, we have compiled a list of the best apps for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Before proceeding, make sure that you now have a modern version of macOS on your machine. (Touch Bar is only available on the 2016 MacBook Pro or newer).
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC ranks among the top Photoshop apps out there. The Photoshop CC was one of the first non-Apple apps to support Touch Bar at launch. The Cupertino Company also showed off how the app worked with the Touch Bar at the MacBook Pro launch event back in 2016.
With Touch Bar support, Adobe Photoshop CC users now can access features and controls right on the Touch Bar’s screen and perform some gestures instead of multiple clicks, like drag, slide, and tap. Users can head to the Adobe Photoshop CC updater to get the Touch Bar support.
1Password is among the best password management apps in the world. Basically, the app remembers all your passwords and gathers them in one place that only you know. 1Password has been updated to receive Touch Bar support on the MacBook Pro, providing users with a new way to switch password vaults, create new entries, and much more.
Like Adobe Photoshop CC, 1Password offers a free trial for Mac and Windows users worldwide. After that, you can choose to sign up for a monthly subscription plan that costs $3.99.
Microsoft Excel is insanely popular out there. However, the app has been available on macOS for the past few years. Microsoft regularly rolls out new updates for its Office apps on iOS and macOS to improve user experience. Back in February 2017, the Redmond Company rolled out an update that brought Touch Bar support for all Office apps for Mac.
Touch Bar support provides Excel users with quick access to borders, cell colors, and charts. Besides, users now can drag and rotate graphic objects more precisely thanks to Touch Bar support.
Evernote ranks among the best taking-note apps on the App Store. The app allows you to take notes, create to-do lists, and save everything you come across online. All your notes are accessible across multiple devices, including smartphone, tablet, and computer.
In April 2017, Evernote finally joined other massive apps like Adobe’s Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Apple’s Final Cut Pro and received Touch Bar support. With Touch Bar support, users now can quickly create a new note with a simple tap on the Touch Bar’s screen. Besides, you can start a search and access tags, all with a tap.
Spotify is the number one music streaming service out there with millions of paying subscribers. Spotify was among the first third-party apps to receive support for the Touch Bar. Spotify subscribers now can quickly search, shuffle and repeat your music tracks, and volume up and down using the Touch Bar.
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