Sunday August 14, 2016

MacBook Pro Update To Replace Function Keys With OLED Strip

This kind of brings me back to what the Optimus Keyboard tried to do with its OLED keys. I like the idea of having a customizable set of keys, but I hope they designed it so it is off until tapped to minimize potential burn-in.

The most significant addition to the new MacBook Pro is a secondary display above the keyboard that replaces the standard function key row. Instead of physical keys, a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task or application. The smaller display will use Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, a thinner, lighter and sharper screen technology, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year. Apple’s goal with the dedicated function display is to simplify keyboard shortcuts traditionally used by experienced users.