New MacBook Pro may pack Touch ID power button

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MacBook Pro OLED mockup
Apple will seamlessly integrate Touch ID into the MacBook Pro.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro refresh won’t just bring a fancy OLED touchbar for customizable function keys, but also the first Touch ID sensor on a Mac, according to a new report. And it will be built into the notebook’s power button.

Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first promised us a big MacBook Pro redesign back in May. His sources claimed the machine would have an OLED touchbar that sits above its keyboard, and built-in Touch ID.

Cult of Mac has since obtained photos that all but confirm that there’s a place for that touchbar, and now a reliable source for 9to5Mac says that there’s a place for Touch ID, too — and it’s within the power button.

“Incorporating it into the power button would clearly make sense, allowing the same one-touch process to power-on and authenticate as is possible with the Home button on current iPhones,” the report adds.

Apple is expected to make the new MacBook Pro official during the fourth quarter. It is also expected to bring USB-C connectivity like the smaller 12-inch MacBook, with embedded support for Thunderbolt 3. We can also expect Intel’s latest processors.