You don’t have to wait for your new MacBook to arrive to test the touch bar. Touch lets you add a screen touch bar to any MacBook with macOS Sierra. And if you want something you can touch yourself, you can use a miner hack to get a version that works on your iPad.

Using Touché

1. Download Touché from developer’s website.

2. Drag to the Applications folder to install.

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3. At this point, you may find that you are using the wrong version of macOS Sierra.

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You need to install macOS 10.12.1, but you also need the correct subversion, called “build”. The correct version of this version is 16B2657, which can be loaded from an apple.

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4. If necessary, install the updated version of macOS by installing the DMG you just downloaded and performing the included installation. After the computer restarts, continue.

5. Open Touché. You will see the Touchdown window at the bottom of the screen.

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6. You should now see the touch bar change as you switch between Mac applications. Have fun!

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Using the touchbar demo application

You can also use the well-named Touch Bar demo to run the Touch Bar software version on your iPad. While this is a hacked solution that you need to build for an iPad or iPhone that is properly coded with Xcode, if you know what you’re doing, it’s a little closer to reality.

1. Make sure you are up to date to compile 16B2657 from macOS Sierra 10.12.1. If you are not, the application will not work. To check the build version number, open the About This Mac from the Apple menu and click the macOS version number.

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If you have a different assembly number, Get an updated version of Apple.

2. Download the latest versions of the Touch Bar demo from GitHub. You need to download both TouchBarServer.zip, which runs on your Mac, and the source code you install on your iPad.

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3. Unzip TouchBarServer.zip and drag the resulting TouchBarServer.app to your Applications directory.

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4. Connect your device to your Mac with a USB cable.

5. Extract the source code and navigate to the TouchBarDemoApp-1.5 folder to open TouchBar.xcodeproj.

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If you have not installed Xcode, you will need to do so download it from the apple with an active developer account.

6. Click the project name in the left pane.

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7. Click the Group drop-down menu in the center of the screen below the Signature section.

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8. Select your Xcode developer account, if you have already logged in to Xcode using it. If not, click “Add account …”

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8a. Log in to your developer account in the pop-up window.

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8b. Select a new team from the drop-down menu.

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9. Change the part of the packet identifier that reads “bikkelbroeders” (between com. and .TouchBarClient) to something unique. No matter what.

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10. Select the device in the upper left corner of the menu bar.

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11. Click the play button in the menu bar to create an application for your device.

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12. You may receive a warning that your device does not trust your developer account. Follow the instructions on the screen to resolve the issue.

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13. Launch the Touch Bar Client on your device and start the Touch Bar Server on your Mac. Make sure your device is connected to your Mac using a previously connected USB cable.

14. You can see the top-down touchpad on your MacBook Pro.

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Although the touch bar is small, it changes in response to your Mac features. It works best on a larger iPad, as you might expect.

Conclusion

If you want to see what the Touch Bar looks like, an app like Touché is the best option. But if you want to get an idea of ​​what it’s really like, downloading the Touch Bar demo app for iPad offers a slightly more realistic experience. But in the end, nothing is quite the same as a real MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar installed.

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