macOS Sierra code hints at rumored OLED touch bar on MacBook Pro – The Verge
Last month it was reported that Apple was planning a serious revamp of the MacBook Pro, including replacing the physical function keys with an OLED touch bar. This is a pretty wild rumor by MacBook standards (and inspired some cool concept renders) but there might be some evidence for it hidden in the code of macOS Sierra — the latest version of the company’s desktop OS, announced earlier this week.
As noted by 9to5Mac via French site MacGeneration, the macOS Sierra code includes a number of new resources prefaced by “kHIDUsage_LED.” These include the likes of “kHIDUsage_LED_DoNotDisturb” — a setting which is currently accessed through System Preferences, but which would certainly be useful to have as a dedicated, LED-lit button.
playback, camera controls, and call handling are all referenced in the code
Other resources with the same prefix reference caps lock, turning the camera on and off, call pickup, fast forward, mute, night mode, pause and play, rewind, and stop: all functions that would be handy to have quick access to. The Sierra code also references biometric inputs, giving credence to another rumor: that the updated MacBook will come with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
Of course, in both cases, the existence of this code doesn’t mean these features are coming, but similar hints have paid off in the past. In 2013, for example, a number of resources in the beta for iOS 7 pointed towards the next iPhone having a biometric fingerprint sensor — something that came true months later with the iPhone 5s. Unfortunately, the very earliest we’re likely to hear anything official about a new MacBook will be in September, when the next iPhone is announced. Until then, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more rumors.