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This article was published on November 16, 2016

New MacBook Pro lets you skip YouTube ads with the Touch Bar

New MacBook Pro lets you skip YouTube ads with the Touch Bar
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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.