Over the years, Windows devices such as laptops and tablets have made it a standard to support touch displays. With the advent of 2-in-1 devices, touch screens are becoming more mainstream than ever.
Unfortunately, Apple has been quite adamant in adopting the technology into its line of products. On the current MacBook Pro, instead of going full-fledged touch-enabled display, the Cupertino giant settled for a thin strip of touch-enabled OLED display above the keyboard.
After the release of the MacBook Pro with TouchBar, Apple issued a statement that it is still far from considering a fully touch-enabled Mac. Because of this, the guys at Neonode came up with a novel way of introducing touch features to the MacBook Air.
The AirBar is a slim and compact computer accessory that gives the much needed touch functionality to a standard laptop display. The device works by sending out invisible rays of light across the computer display. The disruptions along the light beam are then analyzed and converted into various touch display gestures like swiping, scrolling, and pinching.
The make things a lot easier, the AirBar is a plug-and-play device that not only works with the 13-inch MacBook Air, but also on Windows systems with the same display size.
Unfortunately, at the moment, only 13-inch devices are supported. Furthermore, even the MacBook Pro, due to its slim bezel, is not supported as well.
The AirBar is available online though major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples. A units costs $99.
Since Apple is so reluctant in using a touch display on the Mac, the AirBar offers a nice alternative for those who are used to having a tablet in their hands. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at The Bitbag.