Touch ID Power Buttons, OLED Touch-Panels Coming to MacBooks

Macbook pro concept

According to a 9to5Mac report citing ‘reliable sources’, Apple will release the all new MacBook Pro this fall with a Touch ID power button as well as OLED touch-sensitive function keys, as reported previously. Resources spotted in macOS Sierra have hinted at Touch ID on future Macs as well. Reports in the past have also claimed that the new MacBook Pro models would be launched sometime in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The KGI note which first reported the OLED function key display also suggested that the new MacBook Pros would offer ‘Touch ID support,’ but did not contain any specifics. Incorporating it into the power button would clearly make sense, allowing the same one-touch process to power-on and authenticate as is possible with the Home button on current iPhones.

An earlier note by KGI Securities has hinted that the MacBook Air would be presented as the entry-level machine, a new 13-inch MacBook as the mid-tier and the two MacBook Pro models continuing to head up the range. Also, the upcoming MacBook Pros are expected to be feature USB-C, with embedded support for Thunderbolt 3.

A separate report by The Verge has pointed out that it’s been four years, one month and twenty-eight days since Apple released the current generation MacBook Pro, suggesting it’s about time the Cupertino company stops selling these ageing computers.

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