Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro to pack Touch ID power button

By Scorpus
Aug 9, 2016
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  1. One of the most hotly anticipated Apple products of the year is an update to the company's MacBook Pro line. The current MacBook Pros have been on the market since early last year and still pack Intel's older Broadwell CPUs, which makes this upcoming update a significant one.

    A new report from 9to5Mac suggests that new MacBook Pros will feature a Touch ID fingerprint scanner integrated into the laptop's power button. Previous reports have suggested Touch ID will be integrated into upcoming MacBooks in some way, although the actual location of the sensor was unclear. Integrating it into the power button, however, makes perfect sense.

    9to5Mac is also confirming a previous rumor that stated new MacBook Pros will feature an OLED touch display above the keyboard that acts as the laptop's function keys. This is an interesting and unique change, as it would allow the MacBook Pro to present different functions keys to users depending on the applications they're using.

    Alongside the inclusion of new functionality like Touch ID, the new MacBook Pros are expected to be slimmer and pack multiple USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support. You can expect a hardware upgrade as well, possibly with Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake processors if the companies' release schedules line up.

    The new MacBook Pros, both in 13- and 15-inch sizes, are expected to hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2016. They will be accompanied by an entry-level MacBook Air refresh, along with a new mid-tier 13-inch MacBook.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,067   +427

    This is really not impressive or useful to the majority of people. I'm betting their port options will force you to buy an $80 dongle to get the correct functionality.
  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I had to get a MacBook for work and got the current pro rather than dongle hell with the newer model.

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