Redditors found a handy new use for Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro — skipping YouTube ads.
Reddit user u/RomansFiveEight writes:
In Safari, the touchbar [sic] will pop up a scrubbing control whenever a video begins to play. Amazingly, you can use that to scrub THROUGH an ad, even a non-skippable 30 second pre-roll ad; and begin your video right away!
Who knows how long this ‘feature’ will exist. But, hey; pretty neat!
The new MacBook Pro line has been met with a lot of criticism about an underpowered ‘Pro’ line that lacks any of the innovation of its competitors. The Touch Bar is new, but it feels gimmicky — and it definitely wasn’t worth waiting over a year for. Still, it’s a cool new feature, and one that should only get better as we figure out how to better utilize it.
Scrubbing through ads is a good start, although it might not be around for long. These ads are intended to be un-skippable for a reason, after all.