Apple has copped plenty of flack over the pricing of its new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro, but this little trick might help users recoup the additional cost in time savings alone.
A Reddit user has discovered that when viewing YouTube videos in Safari, the Touch Bar can be used to skip through video ads.
When a video is playing the OLED panel transforms to an interactive, visual timeline which users can scrub through to get to the main event.
While the functionality will likely be nixed before too much longer, it’s fun while it lasts.
The user RomansFiveEight wrote (via The Next Web): “In Safari, the Touch Bar 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!”
Of course, a lot of folks already use ad blockers to get around video advertisements in YouTube, but this is a fun, if unintended, way to skip those pesky commercials.
Given our livelihoods depend on it, it would be a bit rich of us to go around recommending ad blocking but those 30-second hits before watching two-minute YouTube clips are a bit much sometimes aren’t they?
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