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Skipping YouTube ads with MacBook Pro Touch Bar

The Touch Bar in Apple’s new MacBook Pro may have met with mixed reviews so far, but there’s one group it is finding favor with: people who absolutely hate having to watch compulsory 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.

Then again, since Apple previously opened up the floodgates to official adblockers on iOS, maybe this is yet another strike by the good folks in Cupertino against an ad-driven revenue model.

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