Today’s task, figure out if the machine has a touch bar or not.
While there’s a few files that contains info about the touch bar:
These are user files. Which is fine to pull on, but better yet would be pulling on a file that doesn’t require
Casper Jamf Pro to know about the user.
Emily had a great suggestion of using the following:
With a working demo:
This way would also work. However, what if Apple releases a TouchID mac without a touch bar? I’d have to go and re-work my script.
Further digging, and reading a blog post from Erik lead me down the road of what about reading the process.
Modifying Emily’s original script I then came up with:
While this works you could also further define it by using the TouchBarAgent (again pointed out to me by Emily)
My Final result was this:
Thanks to Emily for talking me through this.
Update 1 – 12-15-16:
I didn’t mention the other option, defining touch bar by model #. While technically this is the most accurate way todo it. By scripting MacBookPro13,2 and MacBookPro13,3 or the 15 alike. This wouldn’t stand the intended test of time that I was aiming for. With every new revision of the MacBook pro I’d then have to add that to my scripts.
Update 2 – 12-16-16:
Emily pointed something out, if you run Touché it activates both ControlStrip and TouchBarAgent.
Update 3 – 12-16-16:
After further poking and trying to minimize edge cases, searching the ioreg for AppleEmbeddedOSSupportHost works better. As machines that do not have touch bars do not have this value.
- Emily: http://www.modtitan.com/
- Erik: https://onemoreadmin.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/managing-or-setting-the-mini-touchbar-control-strip/
- Touché: https://red-sweater.com/touche/