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New MacBook Pro said to pack Touch ID power button, OLED touch strip

by Jacob Kleinman | August 8, 2016August 8, 2016 9:00 am PST

Rumor has it Apple’s new MacBook Pro will pack a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, along with a few other exciting enhancements. Now a new report reveals a bit more about the biometric sensor.

The new Touch ID scanner will be built into the MacBook Pro’s power button, according to 9to5Mac. The button would make it easy to switch on the laptop and unlock it with one easy press of a button. The sensor could also be used to authenticate your identity for Apple Pay and other services.

The new MacBook Pro is also rumored to pack an OLED touchscreen strip just above the keyboard where the function keys are usually found. That would make it possible to customize the keys and add various shortcuts. Finally, Apple may replace the old MagSafe and USB ports with four USB-C ports.

The 2016 MacBook Pro is shaping up to be one of Apple’s biggest upgrades in years. If the rumors are true we could be looking at a totally new type of laptop from the Cupertino company. Considering how long we’ve been waiting for a new MacBook Pro, it’s probably safe to expect some big changes.

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Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...