Keyboards with Touch Bar, optical audio gone, OWC Thunderbolt dock, Microsoft chat

People are imaging what the Touch Bar would look like on standalone Apple keyboards
People are imaging what the Touch Bar would look like on standalone Apple keyboards

Concept imagines OLED Touch Bar on Apple’s wireless Magic Keyboard — With Apple’s dynamic Touch Bar now official on the latest MacBook Pros, fans are imagining what the feature might look like on other Mac products, such as the wireless Magic Keyboard [which you have to think is a possibility, with Apple software like Final Cut and Logic taking advantage of it].
Reddit user Hazza42 was inspired to create renderings showing what a Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar might look like. Just as on the new MacBook Pro, the concept Magic Keyboard replaces the row of function keys with a dynamic multi-touch display strip.
In a change from the existing Magic Keyboard, the concept is a longer, full-size keyboard, including a separate area for arrow keys and a full number keypad to the right. This extends the Touch Bar much further than it stretches on the MacBook Pro.

New MacBook Pro drops optical audio out through headphone jack — Diving deep into Apple’s specifications, AppleInsider has learned that optical audio output capability found on previous MacBook Pro models does not exist on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, and is likely not on the higher-end models either. [I never knew it was optical in the first place, and would have no idea how to take advantage of it.]

OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock with ports galore, returns functionality to new MacBook Pro — Capitalising on Apple’s decision to go all in on Thunderbolt 3 with its latest MacBook Pro, aftermarket Mac specialist OWC is taking preorders for a 13-port breakout dock that restores expansion options lost with the new laptop design. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock connects to a host Mac via an included 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable and can support two 4K displays, up to six USB devices, a FireWire device, optical line out and —much to the delight of distressed MacBook faithful —an SD card.

Microsoft debuts Teams chat platform with support for Mac & iOS — Microsoft on Wednesday announced Teams, its own attempt at a workplace chat platform akin to rivals like HipChat and Slack, with support for Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, and the Web.


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