Apple prepping MacBook Pros with TouchID for Q4

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

[…]Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

Where will the Touch ID sensor be placed? I think the trackpad itself being TouchID is probably the most ergonomic option. Seems like it is technically feasible too since reachability on the iPhones can detect taps. This is the only way you could avoid having an eyesore round ring somewhere on the Pro’s body. If you argue for the power button to house TouchID, I’d say I wake up my MacBook from sleep by pressing the space bar regularly. Other people may be habituated to some other key. TouchID needs to be placed such that it unlocks your device on the first natural interaction.

The counter argument is that currently TouchID can read your fingerprint only if the finger is stationary. A trackpad encourages finger-motion. Also, a lot of people might wake up their Mac by swiping their finger on the trackpad.

(Maybe non-moving force-touch trackpads were a foundational layer for a TouchID trackpad?)

Further:

Kuo’s report explains that the MacBook Pro updates are the “brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts” and will come to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.

iPhone announcements are generally always the ‘bright spots’. Maybe this affirms the rumoured iPhone 7 having a subtle redesign? Either way, if there are no MacBook Pro announcements at WWDC, the validity of this rumour increases dramatically.

And:

The OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard[…]

Replacing the MacBook Pro’s top row with a touch-sensitive strip ostensibly gives Apple more room inernally — something they could use a lot of if they need to fit at least the power of the current Pros in a thinner body. Skylake’s efficiency improvements are also at play here.

I am that oddball who loves the 12-inch MacBook. I look at it — and if time permits I give the keyboard a go — with envy, every time I’m at the local Apple store. This rumoured MacBook Pro — or maybe the one after — is the one I’ll be upgrading to from my ageing 2014 Retina MacBook Pro.

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