MacBook Pro has fans and hates, but this feature is sure to bring both sides together: It can be used to skip non-skipped YouTube ads.
An entry on this neat touchline solution is to get traction. The user "BiggerBadgers" uploaded a video on Wednesday that shows how the MacBook Pro touchline can be used to jump to the end of a otherwise non-skippable YouTube ad.
The touch connector works only in the Safari browser and, as pointed out, with the control panel settings for App Controls. This can be inserted in the "Keyboard" category in System Preferences.
When a user comes across a non-skippable YouTube ad, they can only drag the line on the timeline that appears on the right-hand touch bar and jumps to the end of the ad.
For the particularly impatient content consumer, this trick also works for YouTube's TrueView video ads that can be skipped after 5 seconds. A user can skip and immediately click "Skip ad" the prompt displayed on the video.
Users should not scrub the end of the video ad timeline as the video seems to be stuck in an infinite buffering loop.
Mas hable has tested the touchline pressure on each type of ad and found that the jumping function worked on both.
It is unclear whether Apple or YouTube is aware of the solution. But while there is considerable attention now, this is not the first time it has been noticed. This special touchline's trick seems to be returning to November 2016, as it was also shared by Reddit.
If you're bombarded by YouTube ads and don't mind using Safari, this trick may be the answer to your video viewing issues.