I love my MBP and the Touch Bar is pretty cool, but sometimes I find I’m second-guessing myself. Did I press the ESC key or not? Did I press that function key? Well you get the idea. There’s just no physical feedback and sometimes I keep tapping where I think something is, but it’s not!

I know there's no tactile feedback, but then it hit me - maybe there’s a setting somewhere for sound. You know, like the beeps you here when pressing buttons on some devices.

My guess is this is just not possible, but before I make the suggestion to Apple I wanna make sure!

Any ideas?

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Actually you’re in luck. A while back I came across Haptic Touch Bar.

This software not only offers the sound feedback you’re looking for, but actually provides tactile feedback by activating the trackpad magnets to vibrate the MBP when you're using the Touch Bar.

NOTE: I am not affiliated with the developer or this software in any way.

  • Thank you my man! So I found a full review at idownloadblog.com/2017/10/14/… and have downloaded the free version trial to test it out. Seems like there was some issue when it first came out so I wanna test it first!
    – desh
    Apr 24, 2018 at 20:50
  • Yes, good idea! Always good to try/test software first if you can. :)
    – Monomeeth
    Apr 24, 2018 at 22:19

There is a FOSS alternative out there: HapticKey. The latest release can be gotten on Homebrew:

brew cask install haptickey

Similarly as Haptic Touch Bar this software will both enable tactile feedback and sound.

  • Always favoring foss, I've not yet tried the originally linked Haptic Touch Bar application, but I am really happy with how this HapticKey open source one performs. It's not a physical ESC key, but it will go a long way toward a viable workaround! Thanks for sharing it here! Feb 27, 2019 at 14:55

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