Whoever said you can鈥檛 teach an old dog new tricks obviously just wasn鈥檛 trying hard enough. If you鈥檝e been lusting after the brand new MacBooks and drooling over the new LED touch bars, only to look into your bank account and sigh, we鈥檝e got good news for you: You can totally fake a touch bar on your old Mac.


Developers have made a 鈥渇ake鈥 demo version of the touch bar experience that you can download and stick on your old computer. It can work with either the function key on your MacBook, or you can stick it on an iPad and attach that to your computer for a more tactile experience.

So first: Make sure your Mac is completely up-to-date. Then download the app here and run the installer. Once that鈥檚 all done, just press your computer鈥檚 鈥渇n鈥 key and presto, a 鈥渕agic鈥 touch screen demo should appear on your computer screen.

If you want to try out the magic touch bar on your iPad, you鈥檙e going to need to keep your device connected to your computer via USB and side load the app, which can be a bit finicky. (For more info on side loading, check out instructions here.)

Although it鈥檚 definitely not a perfect system, it鈥檚 a good way to gauge Apple鈥檚 new tech and decide whether or not it鈥檚 truly worth saving up $1,800 for a touch bar MacBook Pro.

What else do you want to fake update? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Field Guide; photo via Apple)