2016 MacBook Pro To Feature Touch ID Power Button, Touch-Sensitive OLED Function Keys


A new report suggests that the upcoming 2016 MacBook Pro notebook will feature a Touch ID-enabled power button as well as touch-sensitive OLED function keys.

Upcoming MacBook Pro Notebook Will Feature Touch ID Built Right Into The Power Button - OLED Touch Bar Still In Tow

A short while back it came to our knowledge that the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh will feature space for OLED touch-sensitive function keys. Shortly after we saw numerous concepts bringing the rumor to life. But of course, since it was a rumor back then, we didn't have much to back things up.

Today though, 9to5Mac has chimed into the rumor bandwagon with more information and claim that the OLED touch-sensitive function keys are very real. But that's not it, they go further to claim that the 2016 MacBook Pro will feature a power button that will have a Touch ID sensor built right in.

A source who has provided reliable information in the past has informed us that the new MacBook Pro models, expected to be launched in the fall, will feature a Touch ID power button as well as the previously-reported OLED touch-sensitive function keys.

The interesting thing to note here is that the power button on current-generation MacBook Pro notebook lies in the function keys row. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for Apple to put a Touch ID sensor under the power button in its upcoming lineup.

The Touch ID sensor can be used in a wide variety of scenarios with the obvious one being able to wake your notebook and authenticate it by using your fingerprint. But that's not all, we're sure Apple will take things up a notch by allowing Apple Pay purchases with the sensor as well, negating the need to use your iPhone to do the same.

Regarding release, it's likely that the Cupertino company will bring the notebook into the market this fall. And the new MacBook Pro is expected to feature a USB-C port with support for Thunderbolt 3.

Wrap Up

Apple has been sitting on top of the same MacBook Pro design for quite a while now. A sudden change towards a new approach will either make or break the entire deal. But given a fresh sight is needed in Apple's 'Pro' lineup of notebooks, we're certain users will welcome the change with arms wide open.

We have a couple of months to go until Apple unleashes to the world a bunch of new things, with the new MacBook Pro being one of them. Stay tuned for more!