Suspicions about finger print scanner on Power Button 2016 MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheRealAlex, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Guys I had to post this. In iOS 10 as well all know Slide toUnlock is gone. We all must hit the Touch ID finger print scanner each time. Now with the new 2016 MacBook Pros there is a Finger Print scanner on the Power button. I'll ask the question this way is it not obvious what Apple is doing ? Imagine if your TV or Home computer or Car did this ?

    And I know while they claim that Touch ID is not being used IMO that's legal talk for its being passively used in some ways Apple knows it's the same finger print Enrolled or not into Touch ID that's unlocking an iPhone or now Powering on a MacBook Pro.

    Here's the kicker. If it was optional I couldn't care less but Apple makes it so obvious that we are Forced to use it. We have zero option. There's no way around not pressing the power button.
  2. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Yup, now feds can have access to your "locked" Mac at any time. Isn't it magical!
  3. mateo124 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    Fingerprints are stored in an isolated part of the hardware (secure enclave) which cannot communicate anything more than an encryption key to other hardware. There is no way to communicate your fingerprint outside of the system itself, and if for some reason you refuse to believe this, well maybe Apple isn't for you.
  4. Weaselboy, Oct 28, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016

    Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Nothing I saw made me think it was mandatory. It appears you can hit the button just like you do the power button now then enter your password to login. Just don't register any fingerprints in TouchID and it will login and work just like it does now.

    Same as your iPhone. TouchID is optional.
  5. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Give me a break. Apple is the biggest proponent of privacy out there, but if you're too paranoid to see straight, then turn the feature off and don't use it. But the most likely scenario is you're just being a troll and contributing to the massive amounts of noise that has descended upon this forum in the last 24 hours.
  6. Rkuda macrumors regular


    May 23, 2016

    Dude no one is forcing you to use your fingerprint on either iOS or Mac devices. If you're the paranoid type then go ahead and never setup Touch ID. Also your fingerprint isn't synced across devices. A hash of your fingerprint data is stored in the secure enclave on each device, so you have to enter your finger on each device.

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