2017 MacBook have Touch Bar & Touch ID?

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  1. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816

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    hey guys, as the title asks, do you think the MacBook will be updated with the touch bar and Touch ID, or will that be a "Pro" feature only? I haven't heard much in rumors about this feature. Thanks!
     
  2. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt it will get a touch bar because that seems to be the major incentive along with the power, added ports, and screen sizes to go with the rMBP.

    I feel the next move would be the new LED screen tech going into the MacBook (not sure what the tech term for it was but it has been mentioned here before) which would require less battery life to power it and more brightness.
     
  3. Bart Kela macrumors 6502a

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    Not likely in 2017.

    Normally when Apple releases a new Mac model, it sticks with that design for a while. The internals that will likely be upgraded are silicon (CPU + integrated GPU), but not major things like the display, keyboard, or other externally-facing components.
     
  4. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    I doubt it as the TB is seen as the flagship models, wouldn't make sense to sell a MBP without it but then start selling a rMB with it.
     
  5. Jayderek macrumors 6502

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    I think it'll happen eventually - just not this soon.

    I think we're far more likely to get the touch ID portion of that first.
     
  6. caelius macrumors regular

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    A TB in 2017's rMB doesn't seem very realistic at the moment since it's the USP of the more expensive MBPs and since it would require them to completely change the internal design after only two years. Also, it probably would bring the rMB up to a price-point where it surely wouldn't be that attractive anymore. 2018, maybe.

    (Touch ID, on the other hand, may very well be included.)
     
  7. AppleFan91 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmmm thanks for the replies guys. I was holding out on the MacBook pro to see if the MacBook would have these new features but the closer we get to the expected announcement, the more apparent it is that the TB will be exclusive to the pro for awhile.
     
  8. Dunbar macrumors 6502

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    I hope the Macbook gets it at some point in the next 2 years so I can upgrade. Playing with the new TB MBP's I felt like it was a feature worth paying extra for.
     
  9. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    Funnily enough I feel the exact opposite, I'm not saying it's garbage or you shouldn't like it just I don't feel it's worth the extra cost to me personally.
     
  10. Dunbar macrumors 6502

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    I think it's like 3D touch on the iPhone. Kind of worthless when it first came out but it's getting more and more useful as app developers code for it.
     
  11. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a

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    Won't happen till a redesign (probably 2018) the touch bar is driven by an ARM chip which also houses the secure enclave for TouchID so you won't get one without the other and at the moment there is no room in the MacBook for a TB3 controller in there never mind an ARM chip.
     
  12. AppleFan91 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Awesome and insightful answer, much appreciated. That makes sense from a hardware side of things, something I will gladly admit I am not the best at.
     
  13. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    We're probably looking at Kaby Lake, 16GB RAM option, and possibly starting at $1,199. I don't expect anything major until 2018.
     
  14. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    Same. And, there is still a brand new MBP without it. If developers and users both adopt it, it might stick around. Personally I don't see any advantage to it.

    Disclaimer: I don't use 3D touch on iPhone except on accident.
     
  15. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    No unfortunately not, although it seems more suited to a MB audience. We'll probably see it in a few (2-3) years.
     
  16. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    We will be thankful for getting the newer second gen butterfly keyboard. TB will be a thing on the MBPs for a while.
     
  17. aevan macrumors 68000

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    I think Apple will try to spread the TB across all MacBooks. They seem to be invested in this, and I'm guessing it will spread across all laptops eventually, replacing the nTB MBP at that price point and coming to MBs too.

    However, as several people said here - it will probably be a while.
     
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    I hope not. With touchbar we loose on battery life, and on regular keys. We gain a gimmick feature for that? Thanks, but no thanks. But I do hope they will integrate touch id in :)
     

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