Touch Bar Banned From The Bar

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Apple’s new Touch bar is located at the top of the keyboard and is often referred to as the “emoji bar.”

Madaline Eitniear/Staff Reporter

When Apple announced the new MacBook Pro, the company focused on one major new feature- the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar replaced the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard and instead it is a small screen that allows the user to interact with the page in different ways depending on what application is open at the time.

As excited as Apple was to unveil this new feature, other entities are eager to make the Touch Bar their own as well. Software companies are finding different ways to integrate the Touch Bar, and individual users are finding creative ways to suit the bar to their own purposes. Some people can even use the bar to play Doom (the first-person shooter game), and there is a Space Fighter app that links to the bar as well.

While the Touch Bar can be customized to make various tasks easier, it also comes with a few standard features that people are used to, including predictive text. This feature is something that many people have on their phones already, but it is not something that ExamSoft, the company that issues the Bar Exam for lawyers, will allow people to use while testing.

While other companies are finding ways to include the Touch Bar, ExamSoft has ruled that the predictive text function could be used to cheat on the bar exam coming up this month and the company has banned the use of the Touch Bar on their exam.

This decision has caused states to create their own protocols for what to do if someone attempts to take the exam with a MacBook Pro that has a Touch Bar.

In seven states, including New York and Colorado, the laptops have already been banned completely, and test-takers have the option to write their answers down by hand or to re-download the software onto another machine to take the test.

Other states like North Carolina have opted to go a different route, and they only require that the Touch Bar is disabled by their staff before the test begins.

The majority of states have not announced protocol for this situation as of yet, and test-takers are left wondering if they will be allowed to use their shiny new computers or not come test day.