Apple picks the best Touch Bar apps for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Got a new 2016 MacBook Pro? Find out which apps Apple thinks are best for the Touch Bar.

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Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro's biggest new feature is the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar replaces the function keys at the top of the MacBook Pro, and it changes automatically depending on the application that you are using.

But in order to get the most out of the Touch Bar, you'll need apps that have been updated to use it. Apple has released a helpful roundup of the best apps in the Mac App Store that have been enhanced for the Touch Bar.

I’ve compiled a list of these apps below, with links to each of them in the Mac App Store. I’ve also included pricing and a brief snippet from each app’s official description. Just click through to get the app from the Mac App Store.

Note that these apps are not in any particular order.

Final Cut Pro $299.99

Redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro combines revolutionary video editing with powerful media organization and incredible performance to let you create at the speed of thought.

System Requirements: OS X v10.11.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D titles), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), 4.15GB of disk space.

Some features require internet access; additional fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.

Get Final Cut Pro in the Mac App Store

Motion $49.99

Designed for video editors, Motion is a powerful motion graphics tool that makes it easy to create cinematic 2D and 3D titles, fluid transitions, and realistic effects in real time.

System Requirements: OS X 10.11.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D titles), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D Titles), 4.8GB of disk space (3.6GB app, 1.2GB supplemental content).

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.

Get Motion in the Mac App Store

Compressor $49.99

Compressor integrates tightly with Final Cut Pro to add power and flexibility to your video conversions. A simple interface lets you quickly customize output settings, enhance images, and package your film for sale on the iTunes Store. For even faster conversions, easily set up distributed encoding using other Mac computers.

System Requirements: OS X 10.11.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K and 3D titles), 931MB of disk space.

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.

Get Compressor in the Mac App Store

djay Pro $49.99

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, video mixing and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

djay Pro is compatible with any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

A Spotify Premium subscription and an internet connection is required to access the Spotify music catalog from djay Pro. A seven day free trial of Spotify Premium is available to all djay Pro users.

To use songs from iCloud in djay Pro please download them first via iTunes. No support for DRM protected songs.

Get jay Pro in the Mac App Store

1Password $64.99

1Password remembers all your passwords and other sensitive information so you don’t have to. Keep your digital life secure, always available, and safe behind the one password that only you know.

Everything in your 1Password vault is protected by a Master Password that only you know.

The 1Password extension, paired with your favorite browser, will change the way you log in to websites. Say goodbye to typing in passwords, credit card numbers, and addresses. Say hello to simplicity.

Get 1Password in the Mac App Store

Day One $39.99

Capture life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling about your life a simple pleasure.

With Day One 2.0, we’re proud to provide Day One Sync — a fast, free, and secure service for syncing your data between all your devices. Day One Sync lays the foundation for many new features: a web app, an IFTTT channel, private-key encryption, and more. In tandem with Day One Sync, you can also use iCloud for backups.

Get Day One in the Mac App Store

Mail Designer Pro 3

Create stunning responsive mobile- and desktop email newsletters with Mail Designer Pro. Designing state-of-the-art newsletters has never been easier.

Today, most emails are read on mobile devices. Mail Designer Pro is the only app that lets you create design stunning mobile-ready, responsive newsletters for desktop and mobile devices, no HTML programming required!

Get Mail Designer Pro 3 in the Mac App Store

OmniGraffle 7 Free with in-app purchases

Creative productivity. Intuitive Design. Powered by Humans.

Design and build incredible graphics, diagrams, process charts, website and app wireframes—from the painlessly simple to the infinitely complex—inside OmniGraffle 7. Create everything you can imagine in the ultimately scalable and easy-to-use app for precise, beautiful graphics.

OmniGraffle 7 is an entirely new version with improvements as fine as tweaking individual Bézier points in typography and as broad as the artboards your type is laid out in. Elegantly organize your Infinite Canvas in a brand new Sidebar and improved inspectors.

Get OmniGraffle 7 in the Mac App Store

Drop - Color Picker $3.99

Drop is a delightful little color picker for developers and designers.

Pick a color and it will be copied in your preferred format. It’s that easy.

Picking a one pixel border? No worries! You can freely zoom the picker in and out with your scroll wheel or trackpad.

Most color pickers (including Apple’s) don’t pick the exact color value because of reasons that we have to understand but you don’t. Drop lets you pick the exact color by switching the color profile associated with the app you are picking from.

Get Drop - Color Picker in the Mac App Store

Focus - Productivity Timer $19.99

Meet Focus - The time manager that helps you beat procrastination and get your stuff done.

Focus is the best tool for students, professionals and creatives to be more productive while working on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and the Mac. The useful productivity timer will win you over with its comprehensive set of features, attractive design and ease of use.

Use Focus to improve your productivity and reach your goals. The app assists you in planning, executing and controlling the success of your projects. And it will boost your motivation!

You can benefit from Focus while working, studying, reading, cleaning and in many other areas of your everyday life.

Get Focus - Productivity Timer in the Mac App Store

PicFrame $3.99

PicFrame helps you combine multiple photos into amazing looking frames that you can save to your computer or share to Facebook Twitter and Flickr. With 73 adjustable frames, support for up to 9 photos in a single frame, rounded corners and plenty of border patterns, you will always have a unique look.

Since PicFrame was released on the iPhone and iPad we have often been requested to create a Mac version for people to use on their desktop, well here it is! PicFrame on the Mac is just as easy to use, select a frame, drag and drop your photos in, tweak the border size, give the photos rounded corners, add a color or pattern, resize the adjustable frames and save the photo or share it to Facebook.

Get PicFrame in the Mac App Store

Live Desktop - Animated Live Wallpapers and Themes $0.99

Live Desktop is an awesome app which makes the Mac desktop come alive with stunningly high quality live and animated themes instead of the boring wallpapers.

Say good bye to boring wall papers and experience the way desktops for Mac should be.

Experience a waving flag, pristine water wall, ripling river, sandy beach, roaring lion and even rain water drops on your screen. All themes are live, animated and are of the highest quality.

Most of the live themes have audio integrated in them. Just click on a button to enable or disable audio in the Live Themes. Now you can also listen to the rippling of the rivers, song of birds or rain water drops.

Get Live Desktop - Animated Live Wallpapers and Themes in the Mac App Store

Artistry Photo Pro: Studio FX & Effects Editor $0.99

Artistry Photo Pro: The power of Photoshop meets the enjoyment of Instagram and the flexibility of Aperture’s photo editor. Works with Touch Bar!

Uncover the hidden potential in your photos with this powerful photo editor. With 100+ effects built-in, over 90 adjustment types to adjust your photos from color manipulation to gamma and tone curve adjustments, our editing tools not only give users the ability to apply an effect or multiple effects to the entire photo. And with our brush feature, users can change just one part of a photo with an adjustment. For example, users can easily make the entire sky in their photo become more vibrant. Final images are at the same output quality as Photoshop. Artistry Photo Pro can be used to enhance a professional photographers photos or just yours and my photos.

Over 90 adjustment types from color adjustments and color effects such as color manipulation and gamma controls, to blur, distortion, and stylized effects such as noise reduction, droste and depth of field. When adding an adjustment, place your mouse over each adjustment to get a preview of what that adjustment will do to your photo. See a full list of the built-in adjustments below.

Over 100 professionally designed effects with complete control to customize each and even make your own

Get Artistry Photo Pro: Studio FX & Effects Editor in the Mac App Store

PocketCAS Mathematics Toolkit $9.99

PocketCAS is a very advanced mathematics application for your Mac. It can help you with any kind of math problem, from elementary school all the way up to calculus, algebra and statistics. It can replace your old graphing calculator, help you with your homework, and assist you in any kind of calculation for university or work.

This app is an indispensable tool for every student, teacher and engineer. It makes college-level calculus and algebra easy and can help you in a wide range of cases. It provides features comparable with a TI–89 calculator and combines them with a modern, intuitive interface and incredible graphics capabilities.

Get PocketCAS Mathematics Toolkit in the Mac App Store

QuickQuad $2.99

Gradient Editor. Perfect Blended Quad Gradients. Generate & Make Your Own.

Quite useful tool which can help you to make smooth quadratic gradients with 4 colors perfectly blended together.

Generate random gradient palette by clicking to QuickQuad logo in toolbar.

Edit gradient by double clicking in gradients palette.

Get QuickQuad in the Mac App Store

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