How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device
How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

 How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

It’s not every day that Apple mackintosh invents a whole new interaction model. The last big one ended up being of course the multi touch iPhone screen.

Now, Apple’s extra a thin striped OLED display on the top of the keyboard on the new Mac-book Pros, called the Touch Bar.

But it’s glorified shortcuts tavern. It could just be the next big thing. It’s a shame you can’t try it without having to pay out $1799.

Well, if you just want to see what the fuss is all about, a good alternative is to emulate the Touch Bar on your Mac.

And if you wish to actually “touch” the Touch Bar, try doing that about the iPad.

Thanks to a developer project on GitHub and some brilliant side loading on the iPad, that’s actually possible. Read on to determine how.

How to Install and Try Software Touch Bar about Any Mac
Installing and trying a floating, on screen Touching Bar on the Mac is relatively easier than doing so on the ipad device..

Step 1: First, you’ll need a differently, updated build of macOS Sierra 10. 12. 1 (build 16B2657). Head over to this connect to download the update file (1. 3 GB). Right now, you can’t get this build simply by updating from the App Store. Once the update data file is downloaded, install it.

Step 2: Next, we need to download Touch Tavern Demo app. Head over to this GitHub link and download the most up-to-date version of “TouchBarServer. zip”

Step 3: Once, downloaded, it will present as an app file. Drag it over to the Applications folder.

 How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device
How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

Step 4: Open the app. As this is an app from a vacation developer, you’ll need to dodge Apple’s security warning.

If your Macintosh personal computer doesn’t let you install the app, you need to head to “Security as well as Privacy” section in System Preferences, and allow app installs via anywhere.

 How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

Step 5: Once the app is open, it will show up being a menu bar utility.

 How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device
How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

Actually using the app is pretty straightforward.

Just press the “fn” key (it’s the key at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard) and right where your cursor is usually, the Touch Bar will show up.

 How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device
How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

You’ll see settings depending on which app you’re in. Currently, you’ll only visualize it for Apple’s apps like Safari, Preview and more.

How to Consider the Touch Bar on an iPad

To try this on the iPad, youll need to side load the app using Xcode. Fun. To accomplish that way, check out the instructions from the developer here.

But It’s made a bit simpler thanks to a precompiled Xcode project file.

Note: The app will need to be reinstalled every 7 days, unless you have an Apple developer account.

We’re guessing that you only want to “try” the Touch Bar simulator and don’t see yourself using this for a long time. For that use case, this method should work well.

 How to Try the New Touch Bar on Any Mac and ipad device

Step 1: Download the “TouchBarClient.ipa” file from here.

 

Step 2: Then  install “Cydia Impactor” from here.

 

Step 3: Open “Impactor” and connect your iPad.

 

Your iPad name should show up in the list.

Step 4: Drag in the file that we downloaded on top to the section that says “SuperSU“.

Step 5: Enter your Apple ID information to sign the application.

Step 6: The app should now be ready to launch. Make sure that “Allow iOS Touch Bar Clients” option from the menu bar utility is checked.

Simulator Is the next Best Thing

On that note, are you actually planning on getting the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Share with us in the comments below.

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