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Apple MacBook Pro Touch Bar lets you skip YouTube ads

A viral post on Reddit shares a neat MacBook Pro touch bar trick that allows users to skip YouTube's non-skippable video ads.
A viral post on Reddit shares a neat MacBook Pro touch bar trick that allows users to skip YouTube’s non-skippable video ads.

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The MacBook Pro touch bar has fans and haters, but this feature is sure to bring both sides together: It can be used to skip non-skippable YouTube ads.

A post about this neat touch bar workaround is gaining traction on Reddit. User “BiggerBadgers” uploaded a video on Wednesday showing how the MacBook Pro touch bar can be used to skip ahead to the end of a YouTube ad that is otherwise non-skippable.

The touch bar trick only works on the Safari web browser and, as Business Insider points out, with the App Controls touch bar settings. This can be set within the “Keyboard” tab in System Preferences.

When a user comes across a non-skippable YouTube ad, they can simply drag the bar on timeline that appears on the touch bar towards the right and jump to the end of the advertisement. 

For the particularly impatient content consumer, this trick also works for YouTube’s TrueView video ads which are skippable after 5 seconds. A user can skip ahead and immediately click on the “Skip Ad” prompt that appears on the video.

Users should not scrub to the very end of the timeline for the video ad as it seems to result in the video becoming stuck in a never-ending buffering loop. 

Mashable has tested out the touch bar trick on each type of advertisement and found that the skipping feature worked on both.

It’s unclear whether Apple or YouTube is aware of the workaround. However, while it is getting considerable attention now, this is not the first time it’s been noticed. This particular touch bar trick appears to go back all the way to November 2016, when it was also shared on Reddit.

If you find yourself bombarded by YouTube ads and don’t mind using Safari, this trick might be the answer to your video viewing problems.

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Save up to $399 on the latest model of the MacBook Pro (yes, the one with the touch bar) on Amazon

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Save up to $399 on the Apple MacBook Pro.
Save up to $399 on the Apple MacBook Pro.

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With its raw power and ease of use, the current model of the Apple MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops the company has ever released. Apple has changed the game with the Pro’s all-new Touch Bar that’s customizable for power users. 

Luckily, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch model with Retina display and Touch Bar is now on sale for $2,575, which is $224 off its retail price. However, you can save an additional $175 with a “clip and redeem” coupon from Amazon. That’s a $399 savings altogether!

Note: This additional discount is for select Prime members only. You have to click the coupon box to see if you’re eligible.

Usually retailing for $2,799, this MacBook Pro features a stunning 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina display with True Tone technology behind it, a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, a whopping 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports for its power supply and accessories. 

Make no mistake about it, this Apple MacBook Pro is a portable beast that can stand up to even the most intense and heavy workflow without any hiccups or lag. With up to 10 hours of battery life, this machine is built for professionals and creatives alike, while it can withstand almost every new and current app out there like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Final Cut Pro X.

Not convinced? Amazon customer michael_m writes:

“This MacBook exceeded by expectations, and despite the cost I’m very glad I bought it. It’s built like a tank when closed, and even when it’s been running for a while the metal exterior always stays cool. I think the power saving must work really well too, as the battery percentage barely moves when I shut the lid and leave it on for a day or so. The display is incredible, and I have no problems reading even the tiniest text with my 54 year old eyes. There’s been nothing in the way of lag or freezing, even when running multiple applications at once. I use it for audio processing and recording, and bought it hoping that it would handle large audio files flawlessly, which it does.”

The *rose gold* 12-inch MacBook is on sale for under $1,000 on Amazon — $300 cheaper than usual

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Get the power of a MacBook Pro without the weight for just $999.
Get the power of a MacBook Pro without the weight for just $999.

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We’re calling it right now: 2019 will be the year of laptops being actual OOTD accessories.

I mean, it happened when Apple made rose gold iPhones — so matching with your laptop as well would just be leveled-up styling.

For any of those die-hard pink fans, you should know that the 256 GB rose gold 12-inch MacBook is $300 off at Amazon today, dropping it to just $999.

Side note: Getting the latest model of a MacBook for under a grand is kind of a miracle, considering it’s not even on sale and going for the regular price of $1,299 at Best Buy and Apple’s site. If you were wondering.

The smallest MacBook out right now (it even has the Air beat), the 12-inch MacBook is the ultimate grab-and-go device. In that compact package, you’re still getting a full-size backlit keyboard, a retina display with three million pixels, Intel HD graphics, and a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.0GHz, plus all-day battery life that heftier MacBooks can only dream of.

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It’s essentially the power of a MacBook Pro without the weight. Amazon customer Johnson explains it perfectly:

“Was surprised with this for Christmas as the screen on my 15 in MacBook Pro is broken. I LOVE this little, light, adorable computer! Having no issues at all with it! This is for people in-between “light” MacBook Air users and “professional” MacBook Pro users.”

Regularly $1,299, you can save $300 and grab your new sidekick for $999.

Need a MacBook Pro with a fancy Touch Bar? Save $550 on this refurbished model.

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The struggle is always real for MacBook Pro fans to find a good deal on a brand new laptop. You don’t want to sacrifice performance, but good luck finding a steep discount on a 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with a handy dandy Touch Bar. If you can settle for a refurbished model, then PCMag Shop is here to help

Right now, you can purchase a 2017 MacBook Pro 15.4-inch with Touch Bar for $1,699. That’s $550 off the normal price with this configuration, plus you get free shipping for bonus savings. 

This MacBook Pro is Grade-A Third Party Refurbished, which means it doesn’t qualify for AppleCare. However, your purchase includes a 2-year accidental damage extended warranty. That’s enough coverage to help overcome any remaining qualms you might have with a refurbished model.

What makes this a deal to check out is the amount of quality and performance you get at this price. The 15-inch models are recommended for various professionals, such as software developers and video or photo editors. That’s because they feature a large screen with plenty of processing horsepower. Under the hood, you get a quad-core i7 processor, a Radeon graphics GPU, and 16GB of RAM, which should be plenty for most tasks. 

Looking for the Touch Bar? This MacBook Pro has it.

Looking for the Touch Bar? This MacBook Pro has it.

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But best of all, you get the unique Touch Bar, that thin strip of glass on top of the keyboard that provides multi-touch controls for a variety of programs. Use it as a shortcut log into your laptop, or quickly open up your favorite apps and software. It adapts to those programs instantly, allowing you simple access to hot keys in Final Cut Pro or different brushes in Photoshop. If that doesn’t sound useful enough, the Touch Bar makes it easier than ever to type with emoji while you work on your genius screenplay in Starbucks.

You won’t enjoy many chances in the near future to get a MacBook Pro 15-inch for just $1,699. It’s hard enough to find a powerful laptop in a sleek package that only weighs four pounds. You have to be lucky to find one for even $200 off the regular price, let alone the $550 discount available through PCMag Shop. 

MacBook Pro and MacBook Air on sale via Amazon, plus shop deals on refurbished models too

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Save on MacBooks.
Save on MacBooks.

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While they’re worth every penny, MacBooks are notorious for being really expensive. Spending upwards of $1,500 or more on a laptop just doesn’t fit into the budgets for many people. 

However, every now and then, retailers like Amazon have amazing deals on new and refurbished models that are definitely worth your time and attention. 

SEE ALSO: Best cheap laptops — 10 options for less than $500

Today is one of those days: You can save up to 64% on both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, both new and refurbished.

Don’t let that “refurbished” tag scare you away, though. Apple makes sure that refurbished models are just as fresh and clean as the brand new ones thanks to detailed inspections, testings, and repairs. You might not get a laptop in its original box, but the MacBook waiting for you inside is as high quality as a new one. Please note that all refurbished models listed here are certified from Apple.

Armed with a Dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, the Apple MacBook Pro (2017) packs a punch for pro level users like creatives and video editors. The laptop features a 13-inch Retina display, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 8GB of memory, 128GB SSD storage, two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, and Apple’s world class TouchBar for quick and customizable settings. With up to 10 hours of battery life, you’ll spend more time creating something great, while saving more money with this deal.

Apple completely re-designed the MacBook Air with smaller bezels and smaller build inside of a compact, yet powerful, design. The tech company included a 13-inch retina display on this model, which is the first time Apple made a MacBook Air with a clear and crisp display like this. Powered with a Dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 617, the all-new MacBook Air is a deceptively speedy machine with 8GB of memory and 128GB of SSD storage. This model also features up to 12 hours of battery life for better productivity.

Priced at just $449.97, the older model of the MacBook Air is still one of the most popular workhorse machines from Apple. With an 11.6-inch backlit LED screen, the MacBook Air features 4GB of memory with 128GB of flash storage and powered with a Dual-Core Haswell 4th-Gen Intel Core i5 Processor and Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz. In addition, the model runs the latest MacOS X Mojave. Though it’s not the latest model hardware, it does run the latest Apple operating system.

You can save 64% on this Apple MacBook Pro model with 4GB of memory, 500GB of storage, and a 13.3-inch LED display that’s powered with a 2.5 GHz Core i5 dual-core processor and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card. It’s a much older model from 2012, but that sales price is too good to pass up, especially since Apple still supports it for the latest version of MacOS X Mojave.

Save 19% on this refurbished Apple MacBook Air model powered with Intel Core i5 Dual-Core and integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000. The laptop also features 8GB of memory, 128GB of SSD storage, and a 13.3-inch “glossy” display. This is the late 2015 model, which is the most common of all older models of the Apple MacBook Air. This is a workhorse for productivity.

Last, but not least, you can save $100 on this Apple MacBook Air from 2017. Powered with a Dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000, you can get the most bang for your buck with this model because it’s only a year-and-a-half old and discounted to move. It features 8GB of  memory and 128GB of SSD storage, so Apple didn’t skimp on the internals. The laptop also features two USB 3.0 ports, so you don’t have to worry about getting an adaptor for USB-C ports for your accessories like the all-new MacBook Air.