MacBook Pro Owners Taking a Bar Exam Will Have to Deactivate the Touch Bar in Order to Proceed

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Jan 31, 2017
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Apple’s 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models come with an interactive Touch Bar that lets you carry out a lot of functions specific to the application that is opened in front of you. While that is extremely flexible, the latest development story states that applicants who will be appearing for the bar exam will have to disable the newest feature on these high-end and powerful notebooks as they run the risk of cheating while the examination will be carried out.

North Carolina Applicants Have Been Informed That They Can Bring Their MacBook Pro Machines, But Will Have to Disable the Touch Bar Immediately

The Board of Law Examiners in the state of North Carolina have stated the following in regards to applicants who will be using their MacBook Pro while taking the exam

“This is a notice for all applicants who will be using their laptop at the February 2017 North Carolina Bar Examination. If you are planning to use the newest version of the Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar, you will be required to disable the Touch Bar feature prior to entry into the Bar Examination Site.

To disable the Touch Bar:

From the Dock, open System Preferences, then double-click Keyboard, then open the drop-down menu for “Touch Bar Shows,” and select Expanded Control Strip.

Please be advised that the Announcing Proctor will make an announcement at the start of the exam session asking anyone who is using a Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar to raise their hand so that a proctor or ExamSoft technician can come to their seat and ensure that the Touch Bar has been disabled.”

Since the Touch Bar is very different from the function keys on account that they can immediately change depending on which application you intend to open and use, it can also be used to illicitly pass the bar exam, hence the latest announcement. Those that possess the regular 2016 MacBook Pro will have nothing to worry about but remember to disable this feature before you proceed to enter the examination hall.

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