Next-Generation MacBook Pro's Touch ID Feature Likely Built Into the Power Button

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in May, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the next-generation MacBook Pro will include an OLED "touch bar" above the keyboard and Touch ID support, with a subsequent part leak of the machine's chassis supporting the idea of this touch bar replacing the current row of function keys.

    Leaked MacBook Pro top case showing space for touch bar in place of function keys

    Kuo did not address exactly how Touch ID would be integrated into the new MacBook Pro, but a new report from 9to5Mac claims the technology will be built into the device's power button. The MacBook Pro's power button currently resides in the row of function keys, so it is a logical place to incorporate a fingerprint sensing power button as part of the new touch bar.
    If placed in the power button, the fingerprint sensor would allow users to wake the MacBook Pro and authenticate its security in one touch, similar to waking up an iPhone by pressing the Home button while simultaneously activating Touch ID.

    Beyond the Touch ID power button, the OLED touch panel is rumored to be contextual, displaying different controls and user prompts depending on which apps and programs are open on the MacBook Pro. Designer Martin Hajek created a few renders with the OLED panel earlier in the summer, but didn't include what the Touch ID button might look like.


    With the announcement of macOS Sierra at WWDC this year, Apple introduced another way for users to gain access to their Macs while still keeping the device secure, called Auto Unlock. The feature works with an Apple Watch to automatically unlock a password-protected Mac when an authenticated and unlocked Apple Watch is nearby, so it would still only be available to those Mac users who also have an Apple Watch.

    In addition to Touch ID and the OLED panel, the new MacBook Pro is expected to be slightly thinner than the current generation thanks to new metal injection mold-made hinges, have thinner speakers aligned on the side of the keyboard, and introduce support for USB-C. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new MacBook Pro will be "the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."

    The state of the current Mac lineup is causing turmoil for users interested in upgrading their machines on the eve of the big refresh this fall, but with no word yet from Apple, even the launch period is somewhat muddled. The new MacBooks could be revealed in September, alongside the iPhone 7 and new Apple Watch models (now believed to be split into two editions), but the company could also opt to hold refreshes for the Mac until a separate event later in the fall, perhaps in October.

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  2. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
  3. IAmGLaDOS macrumors newbie


    Apr 23, 2015
  4. YahonMaizosz macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2007
    Finally a news about Mac, real mac computers, not some new watch band color.. :eek:
  5. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    The new MacBook Pro's are 1000000000000x more exciting than iPhone 7.
  6. Shexo macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2009
  7. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    This could make it more consistent with iOS. They could show you what you've missed on the lock screen, perhaps even with widgets added at some point, like when you raise to wake in iOS 10 but when you open the lid. Then you tap your finger on the bar to unlock. I could see them even doing some sort of animation with the new touch bar to indicate the user should press on it (maybe near the edge where the power button normally is) to unlock it.
  8. Eightarmedpet macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2013
    London's famous London
  9. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
    Cool. Now they can order you to unlock your computer too.
  10. iamgalt macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2012
    I would like to see touch ID incorporated for those of us that just use our phone for time, email, texts, etc., rather than an apple watch. This would be a feature that would get me to upgrade my current macbook.
  11. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    Awesome. And about time. Standalone trackpad next please.
  12. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030


    Mar 3, 2010
    Don't activate TouchID.
  13. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
    Always thought that the old (or my current!) 2007 MBP's power button would be the perfect place for touch ID to be incorporated.
  14. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
    But i want. I just don't want FBI to see my porn collection. Is it too much to ask?
  15. tmorelli macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2016
  16. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  17. Schwyz, Aug 8, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016

    Schwyz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2016
    Up a tree
  18. thecurryman macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2012
  19. Trik macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2011
    Washington, DC
    I feel like my arms would get tired quickly... It looks like a fun gimmick, I just don't know what the use case would be on a 13" / 15" laptop screen. This makes so much more sense on a large form factor screen or VR.
  20. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    A Mac rumor on MacRumors. Something about that just makes sense.
  21. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
  22. Rocketman macrumors 603


    My concern is the display is flat on the keyboard and for people who do not look down on the keyboard but sit well in front of it that display will be harder to see. This might spawn a business in devices to set the device at an angle to the user.

    It might actually be a V2.0 mod to have such a strip on the chin of the display.
  23. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Wow - some Mac News in macrumors. Thats fantastic for a change.

    Btw/ I am typing this on my brand new Smart Keyboard for my iPad Pro
  24. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    the new MacBook Pro will be "the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."

    Got the message? It's clear and loud, and the source is reliable. Give Apple the benefit of doubt, they deserve it, and they've earned it.

    To complain behind a keyboard is so much easier.

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