Apple’s new Touch Bar is the updated MacBook Pro’s signature new feature. It offers an array of programmable buttons across the top of the laptop where the function keys typically sit. Unlike function keys, however, these virtual buttons can be adapted to display whatever commands or functions an application wants. That programmability is causing problems for the MacBook Pro in certain markets and is limiting its usefulness in various bar exams.
The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners issued the following statement to justify the requirement:
We are requiring the MacBook Pro Touch Bar feature to be disabled, because it gives an unfair advantage to any student using it during the exam. We feel it is unfair to tell applicants they are not allowed to use their Mac Book Pro so close to the exam, and Examsoft has verified that if this feature is disabled, then Examsoft will run the same for all applicants.