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Artefact to overlay MacBook Pro Touch Bar with physical keys;

Is there any product that you can buy that can be overlaid on the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar to simulate physical keys and hide the actual Touch Bar?

i.e, you'd configure the keyboard settings to use traditional non-changing function keys, and then you'd stick some sort of physical button strip on top, and it would function like a traditional Mac Book Pro.

After disassembling the base 13-inch MacBook Pro model without the Touch Bar, teardown wizards over at iFixit have now taken apart Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro. From the inside, it’s an entirely different computer with a totally different design that has more in common with its 15-inch brethren. Among other things, the teardown analysis has found that the external speaker grilles in the top half of the case exist mostly for “cosmetic” purposes.

That’s because the improved sound is being projected from a pair of air vents on the sides of the case. By comparison, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar does push sound through the speaker grilles as it lacks the air vents.

Other differences between the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and its cheaper 13-inch variant that lacks the Touch Bar include a differently laid out internal components to make room for the Touch Bar itself which, by the way, is hard to replace.

“The MacBook’s speaker grilles don’t actually cover the speakers—and the grille holes aren’t even holes,” writes iFixit. In fact, they don’t even go clear through the case. “Instead, the sound is directed through vents on the sides of the computer and into your earholes.”

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While you can customize the Touch bar, the Escape button is not movable as mentioned below. However, you might find a few good suggestions in the article titled How to use the Escape button on your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar :

The Esc button appears on the left side of the Touch Bar, in the same place the Esc key appears on traditional keyboards. Esc appears on the left even as the other tools on the Touch Bar change.

How to use another key as Esc

You can choose a physical key to act as Esc, temporarily or permanently:

  1. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences.javascript:void(0)
  2. Select Keyboard.
  3. In Keyboard preferences, click Modifier Keys.
  4. Use one of the pop-up menus to choose another key to act as Esc.
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For example, if you choose Escape to the right of the Control (^) Key label, pressing Control has the same results as pressing Esc: it closes menus that are open, and pressing Control-Option-Command makes the Force Quit Applications window appear.

You can return your keyboard to its original behavior by clicking Restore Defaults.

I hope this helps to answer your question! You can also send feedback to Apple using this link if you wish: Product Feedback .

Take care.

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I'm looking for the exact same thing but I haven't really found anything. What I thought of was maybe to get a few mobile phone game controllers that you stick on the screen like this:

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But you probably can't close your MBP with those buttons attached so you'd need to remove them/set them up all the time. I do wish someone makes a control strip version of that.

PS Here's a link to the game controller: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AROMN8G

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