Chuq Von Rospach It may not be a household name for you, but it certainly has some influence on products you use (or at least there about) every day after all, it's a former Apple employee now busy writing about various aspects of the tech world and Ma on your personal blog.
Last Saturday, Chuq wrote a very interesting text talking about the Touch bar, the presence of Touch ID on the Mac and the future of these technologies; The repercussion was so great that today the writer published a second article expanding his opinions and even talking about the future of Apple's computers themselves. While his predictions are not entirely in line with what Apple has in mind for the Mac, his questions are a great fuel for reflection and discussion.
Basically, Chuq begins his first text by recounting his experiences when switching from his 13 ″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro (mid-2016) to a 5K Retina display iMac. According to the writer, the interactive bar above the keyboard did not miss that much in the most felt transition, for him, was the lack of Touch ID; Still, his absence was mitigated by the ability to unlock the Mac by the proximity of the Apple Watch.
This led Chuq to a question: Why is Touch Bar? If it were a staple item on a Mac, it would certainly be quickly included across the board; The way, available only on specific MacBook Pro models, seems to be just a whim of Apple that will be reasonably ignored by developers, precisely because it is present in such a small number of machines.
A particularly interesting theory:
It seems to me that Apple fell in love with the technology behind the Touch Bar system which, if you see it, is an impressive piece of engineering and hoped that we would all fall in love with it as well. The problem: Apple rarely sells us things based only on legal technologies, Apple sells us based on stories of how this technology will solve our problems; And at the moment, the problems that Touch Bar solves are very few and rare.
Therefore, Chuq theorizes that Apple needs to go one of two ways: expand Touch Bar across the entire line of Macs, increasing its adoption so that it eventually becomes an intrinsic part of the macOS experience; or alternatively acknowledge that the experiment was a failure and give users the option to buy any Mac without the feature after all, he said, is not fair that supporters of the 15 ″ MacBook Pro need to spend more than they should just because Apple is not. They are given the option to buy one of these machines without the interactive bar.
In the second text, published today, Chuq expands his opinions especially to the Touch ID side. As is well known, Ma's fingerprint sensor is part of a highly complex system called Secure Enclave, which even has its own processor for user safety. Because of this, the operation of creating a Touch Bar / Touch ID wireless keyboard would involve an extra, possibly complicated, engineering step after all, this wireless connection between the keyboard and the Mac would have to have enhanced security to handle the information. user biometrics.
Chuq, however, thinks the prospect of an unrealistic Touch ID keyboard is that the fingerprint technology itself will not survive long at Apple. He argues for the rumored (and, frankly, practically confirmed) 3D face recognition system that equips the next iPhone: according to the writer, Touch ID is simply a “transitional” technology that Ma adopted while not having its own. facial reading system in the cracks and that eventually all the company's products will be endowed with this new feature.
On Macs, specifically, it would be much easier to deploy, and could be located at the edges of the screen instead of the keyboard. This would eliminate the need for a Secure Enclave wireless keyboard and the entire Mac security system would be in the body of the device, freeing the Touch Bar from this burden and making it more flexible. So, according to Chuq, in the end, it's just a case of Apple waiting for its true biometric technology to reach the world before it can expand its use of the Touch Bar.
As he himself states:
I still think Touch Bar has a lot of good points, but it needs to be available across the line of Macs for developers to invest in and make it what it can be. But if Apple launched a Touch Bar and Touch ID keyboard, and a year later replaced it with infrared sensors and a new Touch Bar but no Touch ID keyboard, it would confuse users, complicate their own lives and that of developers, that would be supporting a transitional technology for a year.
Personally, I find Chuq's points quite convincing. And you, what do you think?