Use the Touch Bar with an iPad and an older Mac

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Without dropping $1,800, try out the Touch Bar. Thanks to Duet Display.

The Touch Bar may be the most compelling feature of Apple’s newly released MacBook Pro lineup. On concord before you shell out a minimum of $1,799 for a new computer. We know that you can use this interesting new tool for just $10. Thanks to Duet Display.

What is Duet Display, and what does it have to do with the Touch Bar?

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For iPhone and iPad, Duet Display is an app that turns your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac. The app also allows you to use a virtual Touch Bar with that second display in a recent update. Even if your Mac doesn’t have a hardware Touch Bar. Any app that’s been updated with Touch Bar support works with the virtual version as well.

You’ll need Duet Display for iPhone and iPad in order to get started, along with the free companion app for Mac.

You’ll be ready to get started with the Touch Bar on your current Mac, with those installed.

How to enable the Touch Bar in Duet Display

  • By using a Lightning connector or for older devices, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, a 30-pin connector.
  • Open Duet Display on your Mac.
  • Open Duet Display on your iPhone or iPad.

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  • Tap the Duet icon in your Mac’s Menu bar.
  • Hover your cursor over your device’s name and tap Touchbar Enabled under Touchbar.

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How to disable the Touch Bar in Duet Display

  • By using a Lightning connector or for older devices, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, a 30-pin connector.
  • Open Duet Display on your Mac.
  • Open Duet Display on your iPhone or iPad.

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  • Tap the Duet icon in your Mac’s Menu bar.
  • Hover your cursor over your device’s name and tap Touchbar Disabled under Touchbar.

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Using the Touch Bar in Duet Display

You might be wondering how exactly you use your brand new virtual Touch Bar that you have got it set up. Actually, it’s pretty straightforward.

As long as Duet is open on your iPhone or iPad and your device is connected to your Mac. You can use the virtual Touch Bar just as you would its hardware counterpart. You can use all of the built-in Mac Touch Bar features just like the emoji selection in Messages or the volume control on the control strip.

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You can also customize what appears on your Touch Bar. Your Mac thinks you have a Touch Bar, just as you would on a new MacBook Pro because when you’re using Duet Display. Thus, you follow the same steps you would on a new MacBook Pro.

Best Apps for the Touch Bar

Developers have been able to put important controls and tools right at your fingertips, thanks to the Touch Bar. Especially this can be important for new users, how may not have the location of every tool in. For instance, Pixelmator, in muscle memory just yet. It also lets old pros put their most important functions just a tap away.

Be sure to check out the list of our favorites so far, if you’re wondering which apps make use of the Touch Bar.