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MacBook Pro refresh expected to bring Touch ID, OLED touch bar

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Apple will refresh its popular MacBook Pro lineup later this year, and reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the refresh will bring big things — including Touch ID fingerprint scanners, and an OLED touch bar.

In a note to investors this week, Kuo outlined Apple’s plans for this year’s MacBook Pro upgrade — which is shaping up to be one of its biggest yet. The new machines won’t just be thinner and lighter, but they’ll also pack big improvements and new technologies.

One of those upgrades will reportedly be Touch ID, which will give users the ability to unlock their MacBook Pro — and indeed OS X applications — using only their fingerprint. It will be the first time Touch ID has been available on something other than an iOS device.

“In addition, an “OLED display touch bar” is earmarked for integration and will replace physical function keys located above the laptop’s QWERTY keyboard,” adds AppleInsider, which obtained a copy of Kuo’s note on Monday.

This touch bar, which sounds like a larger version of the LG V10’s secondary display, could allow users to customize their function controls and add other useful shortcuts to their favorite OS X apps. This seems like the biggest reason to swap physical keys with virtual ones.

The new MacBook Pro lineup is also expected to adopt Apple’s butterfly switch keyboard from the MacBook, which will help it become thinner, and the latest connectivity options — including Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.

Apple is expected to announce the refresh during the fourth quarter of 2016.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...