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Touch ID said to launch on Macs this year with Apple Pay support

by Todd Haselton | February 17, 2015February 17, 2015 11:00 am PDT

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Apple’s Touch ID sensors work better than pretty much any other solution on a smartphone today. After making a debut in the iPhone 5s, where it was first used to simply unlock the smartphone, it’s now used to verify users for Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and newer iPads, and support has been expanded to third parties for gaining access into other applications. Now it may soon spread its wings to other Apple hardware.

A report on Tuesday from Apple.club.tw, cited by 9to5Mac, suggest that two new laptops are set to receive Touch ID support soon, including a MacBook Pro and the still rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display. The site said that Apple plans to sell both computers in silver, gold and space gray finishes, and that the Touch ID module will sit “on top of each trackpad” with support for Apple Pay and fingerprint identification. The site also said that Apple plans to add Touch ID into new Apple Magic Mouse and Magic trackpad products for use with the company’s desktop computers.

9to5Mac warns that, while the report comes from a site that has accurately provided information on Apple products in the past, there are obstacles Apple must first overcome. For now, Touch ID is still a part of Apple’s A-series processors and hasn’t made its way to notebook chips yet, 9to5Mac explained, and Apple would also need to release an update Apple Pay API. It’s a rumor for now, but one that seems plausible.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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