Twitter for Mac Gains Improved Touch Bar Support

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Twitter this week updated its Twitter for Mac app, introducing improved Touch Bar support for those who have a Mac with a Touch Bar.

According to the release notes for the update, it includes Touch Bar options for switching tabs and searching when the main window is in focus along with new buttons when using the composer to create a tweet or viewing a user's profile page.

Twitter for Mac's Touch Bar interfaces from MacRumors reader Noah Evans

Twitter's full release notes for the update are below:

We made a number of improvements to Twitter. A few highlights specific to Twitter for Mac:

Fixed: App freezes for text input or delete with certain languages such as Chinese

- Improvement: added buttons to switch tabs to touch bar when main app window is in focus
- Improvement: added search button to touch bar when main app window is in focus
- Improvement: added more buttons to touch bar when composer is in focus
- Improvement: added more buttons to touch bar when viewing a user's profile page

Twitter released this new version of Twitter for Mac back in October, when macOS Catalina came out. ‌macOS Catalina‌ was built using Apple's Catalyst feature that allows iPad apps to be ported over to the Mac.

Catalyst allowed Twitter to re-release Twitter for Mac, which it had previously discontinued early in 2018. The Twitter for Mac app offers a design and capabilities similar to the iPhone and ‌iPad‌ apps, but with Mac-specific tweaks such as Touch Bar support.

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8 months ago

Kids and youth under 34 today actually DO look at a desktop / laptop keyboard as they type ... they predominately use 3 fingers on each hand to type as well.

Bit of a broad reach here. I'm 32 and I can type without looking at a keyboard just fine. Might want to adjust the wording.

I had a little fun at a former employer when asked to help at a few analysts' computers by asking them to type their name to test a newly installed keyboard or new OS language installation, by not looking. Everyone out of 40 could NOT do it without looking.

That doesn't seem like a stretch but no one should be judged for it. When switching between say my wired Apple Keyboard to my Mechanical Logitech one it feels very different and it takes me a moment or two to adjust to it. Having someone type on a keyboard they may never have touched before and then having a giggle at the fact they had to look to get a feel for the board or that they made a mistake is just kind of strange.

It'd be the same with driving different cars as well, people need to adjust to something they may not be familiar with regardless of how similar it is, it's still different. A car is a car but not all cars are built the same nor drive the same.
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8 months ago
Touchbar is such lame tech. Who approved it? Why is is still here? Why should I look away from the screen to do something? I inadvertently touch it sometimes and dim the screen or change the volume. Unexpected behavior is a lame user experience. Just make the screen touchable Apple, sheesh, and the keyboard a freaking keyboard. Not a touchboard. We already have the great trackpad for touch.
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8 months ago


These are completely useless features for people who don’t look at the keyboard as they type, such as pretty much anyone who is good at typing.

Us older people barely look at the keyboard as we type - touch-typing it's called.

Kids and youth under 34 today actually DO look at a desktop / laptop keyboard as they type ... they predominately use 3 fingers on each hand to type as well.

I had a little fun at a former employer when asked to help at a few analysts' computers by asking them to type their name to test a newly installed keyboard or new OS language installation, by not looking. Everyone out of 40 could NOT do it without looking.
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8 months ago
These are completely useless features for people who don’t look at the keyboard as they type, such as pretty much anyone who is good at typing.
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8 months ago


what’s your accuracy?
I type 84wpm with 95% accuracy.

With vernacular English, I’m at about 90%. So effectively, you’re much faster than I am. But we’re both much faster than average.

With weird words or otherwise highly complicated content, I might slow down almost indefinitely. For example, if I’m hammering away model numbers and other non-words, I can crawl down to like 10 WPM. Those typing tests/games that make you peck random keys instead of typing words bring me down to usually about 10-20 WPM.

Programming in an IDE with a language I’m good at, probably around 40-50 WPM ish. It’s a bit different with programming, though, since I may burst super fast, but I spend way more time thinking than I do typing. In other words, if I typed at 10 WPM versus 200, I’d still take about the same amount of time to code something.
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8 months ago


Us older people barely look at the keyboard as we type - touch-typing it's called.

Kids and youth under 34 today actually DO look at a desktop / laptop keyboard as they type ... they predominately use 3 fingers on each hand to type as well.

I had a little fun at a former employer when asked to help at a few analysts' computers by asking them to type their name to test a newly installed keyboard or new OS language installation, by not looking. Everyone out of 40 could NOT do it without looking.

Hey boomer, I’m 32 and type about 80 words per minute without looking at the keyboard.
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