Apple’s next MacBook Pro tipped to include Touch ID power button – Inquirer

THE NEXT-GENERATION MacBook Pro will be the first with a Touch ID-based power button, according to reports.

A “source” let slip news of the reworked power button to 9to5Mac and, er, has revealed absolutely nothing else about it. However, the move, if true, is likely to be an attempt to boost the security credentials of the laptops while making them impossible for people with sweaty fingers to switch on.

The MacBook Pro isn’t the only upcoming Apple device set for a button refresh. A new report on Bloomberg claimed that the iPhone 7 will debut a pressure-sensitive home button that will have haptic feedback similar to the trackpad on Apple’s 12in MacBook.

A Touch ID-based power button isn’t all we know about Apple’s mooted MacBook refresh. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities  ‘revealed’ earlier this year that Apple plans to introduce a “dramatically overhauled” MacBook Pro range in the fourth quarter.

The device will have a thinner and lighter design inspired by the 12in MacBook, according to Kuo, alongside an unusual OLED display touch bar above the keyboard. This bar will apparently replace the physical function keys along the top of the MacBook keyboard, and will sit alongside metal injection moulded hinges.

The new 13in and 15in MacBooks are also tipped to feature USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections, and will no doubt run Apple’s soon to be released macOS Sierra operating system that delivers Siri, Apple Pay support in Safari and Universal Clipboard support.

Kuo also claimed at the time that Apple will introduce a 13in MacBook similar to the upgraded 12in model launched last month

The analyst explained that Apple plans to make the MacBook Air the entry-level option, while the MacBook will become the mid-tier choice and the MacBook Pro the high-end variant.

Apple, naturally, hasn’t commented on the rumours. µ



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