8 of the Silliest Uses of Touch Bar on MacBook Pro
The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro is being advertised as a brilliant tool that will contribute to the next leap forward in human innovation, but that doesn’t mean users can’t have a little lighter hearted fun with the new Touch Bar too!
Here are some of the absolute silliest uses of Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro that we’ve seen thus far… and while they’re admittedly goofy, you can’t deny they do show off some creative thinking about how to use that fancy new Touch Bar.
Lemmings was (is?) a ridiculously fun and addictive puzzle video game from 1991 where you’d direct a bunch of lemmings through various obstacles. Good news: if you have a new MacBook Pro, you can have Lemmings on your Touch Bar.
This may be the best app I've ever built pic.twitter.com/Z9WJi7e74G
— Erik Olsson (@valross2) December 11, 2016
You can get Touch Bar Lemmings here.
More retro gaming goodness: Pac-Man on your Touch Bar! Imagine how productive you will be with Pac-Man running around on your Mac Touch Bar, you will surely get all sorts of work done.
Get Pac-Bar here if you’re into the idea.
Remember DOOM, the first person shooter game? If not, you probably had better things to do in the 90s. But for us geeks, DOOM was a revolutionary PC game that debuted in 1993. Now DOOM is back, but for the Touch Bar!
Wow, amazing! Not sure how playable that really is, but it is innovative thinking, right? No source is available for this one yet, unfortunately.
A Sushi Bar Conveyor Belt
Conveyor belt sushi, the sushi train, the sushi-go-round, whatever you want to call it, you can now have a conveyor belt serving up Sushi emoji on your Touch Bar.
— mzp (@mzp) November 19, 2016
By the way, if you see the Sushi emoji conveyor belt on the Touch Bar and then decide you’re hungry, try searching for the emoji in iOS search to find a nearby restaurant, yes really!
Nyan Cat is a cat with a pop-tart body that leaves a rainbow trail behind it that accompanies an obnoxious song that repeats “nya” or “meow” repeatedly… sounds exactly like what you want on your Touch Bar, right? Of course it is, and here you go:
And yes it’s real, you can get it on GitHub if you want to.
Is it possible for any Apple product or feature to be released without someone tying it immediately to a virtual whoopee cushion? Probably not, and “Touch Fart” proves that point. You’ll have three different, uh, noise options, on your MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Just what you wanted, a $3200 digital whoopee cushion!
Yes of course you can get this one on Github too.
Remember the TV show Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Regardless, Knight Rider had a high tech car with a little chasing red light, and now you can get that same little chasing red light as an animation on your Touch Bar. Innovation at it’s finest.
You can get KnightTouchBar2000 on Github if you’re interested.
How about turning your MacBook Pro Touch Bar into a piano? Tap out some music while you’re coding or working in Microsoft Office! Who needs Garageband when you have a Touch Bar Piano?
You can get Touch Bar piano here.
And if you’re feeling envious about not yet having a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you can always try out the Touch Bar yourself in a virtual setting with Touche or TouchBarDemo.
How’s that for innovation? Perhaps these are not the best uses of the Touch Bar (or maybe they are!), but they sure are entertaining in their own silly way. I’m sure many more great innovations will arrive on the Touch Bar MacBook Pro the longer it’s out in the wild for developers to build for, let us know in the comments if you find any other good ones.