With two giants Microsoft and Apple competing for the most innovative tech company in the world and beyond – users were happy enough to see how that led to the Microsoft Surface Dial and the Touch Bar add-on courtesy of Apple.
Both the Surface Dial and Touch Bar are deemed as the next paradigm shifters – an idiom that gets thrown a lot these days without any necessary meaning whatsoever. Especially among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
Whatever the case, we’ve incited both hardware features against each other to see which one will come up on top, and boy did we had fun while doing so.
Coincidence or not, both companies announced their new hardware additions within a very short period of time, and they managed to deliver what was promised initially.
Microsoft unraveled its new Surface Studio, along with an updated version of the famous Surface Book and a brand new spherical peripheral named the Surface Dial. This Dial will be compatible with all Surface Books, the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Studio.
Meanwhile, back at the Apple ranch, the new MacBook Pro 2016 was updated with lots of things necessary, and had lots of unnecessary omissions, but that’s not the point here. What’s important is the birth of Apple’s Touch bar – an addition that was never seen before.
The Touch Bar is an add-on, an integrated peripheral if you will, that comes with the newest 15” MacBook Pro. The 13” Pros will sport the Touch Bar as an addition.
What’s interesting is developers digging deeper into the hardware found out the Touch Bar is a “refurbished” Apple Watch. With it, you can sift through pictures, adjust volume, or drop emoji like it’s no one’s business.
You can possibly use the Touch Bar against Windows, but that’s a whole another story.
Microsoft Surface Dial is a knob – a puck-like addition – that comes on top of touchscreen machines like Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Studio.
With it, users can opt to bring up color palettes and choose a color, change the volume, play movies, etc. Its applicability largely depends on the creative limit of app developers.
The only difference is, Surface Dial is a separate peripheral that costs $99, while Apple Touch Bar is already sitting comfy above a MacBook Pro keyboard.
Dial vs Touch Bar
Both add-ons fare well when it comes to style. They look sharp, slick and innovative.
However, Surface Dial is more versatile since it can dial, click and double click. That said, it’s hard as of yet to see its applicability outside of the “hipster” creative mind industry.
The Touch Bar is more conventional in a sense, but the ability to reprogram its utility will probably come in handy with lots of apps. Especially for the hardcore MacBook Pro users. Also, average users can find the Touch Bar useful.
All things considered, it really boils down to wait and see how developers will enact the upcoming battle between Microsoft Surface Dial and Apple Touch Bar.
And you? Do you see these two making their way into more palpable waters?
Say for yourself below.
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