What if the touch bar on the new Macbook Pro would extend to a full-size touch pad? This question was the driving force on this concept. It would enable a lot of new features while maintaining the fundamental idea behind the MacBook Pro 2016 touch bar, serving as shortcuts and macro functions.
Also, since it will be a touch enabled display, it could support the Apple pencil to allow user to finally use it with desktop applications.
Allowing the keyboard area to become a touch enabled surface creates new room for possibilities. The touch bar area could still be available for shortcuts and function keys.
Enabling the Apple Pencil to be compatible with the new MacBook Pro, will help creative professionals in their workflow and creates new applications of the touch pad area. Using the new MacBook Pro with third party software like Adobe Photoshop or Autodesk Sketchbook will become more powerful than ever before.
The use of a touch-only keyboard requires the help of Apple’s own Taptic Engine system to give the user the feel of physical buttons. It could also enable additional features like emulating a scroll wheel or sliders.
This large haptics-enabled surface could also be beneficial for visually impaired people, for it could display Braille and emulate the feedback required to read it.