The Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro from 2016 brings a touchscreen-like experience to Apple's laptop for the first time. But what if the bottom of a MacBook as a whole was touch-sensitive? In a concept, you can see how a future MacBook Pro can look like.
Designer Daniel Brunsteiner has made this new concept of a 2018 MacBook Pro. As a starting point, he has taken the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro, but has extended it to almost the entire bottom of the MacBook. This also means that the fixed keyboard will be dropped, because only a virtual keyboard can be seen in the concept. To simulate a sense of physical buttons, the MacBook has a big Taptic Engine in the concept. This vibratory engine is already being used for the Force Touch Trackpad, to mimic the click sensation. In the concept, this is applied in the same way to the keyboard.
The keyboard can also be wiped, making the entire surface function as one large trackpad. This is especially true for designers or people who work with an external keyboard. The trackpad in the concept is also made right to work with the Apple Pencil. Apple has already thought of making the Apple Pencil work with the Mac, as was evident from previous patents. In the concept, this patent comes to life.
Furthermore, the design of this MacBook's concept version looks very similar to that of the 2016 MacBook Pro, with the same USB-C connectors and also virtually the same screen edges. Whether such a MacBook Pro comes with touch-sensitive surface does not seem likely. Nevertheless, a concept like this gives a good visualization of how it can be seen in practice. However, Apple believes in rumors about a keyboard with E-ink buttons, which may change their function.