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New MacBook Pro may feature Touch ID power button, OLED function keys

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The MacBook Pro lineup is all set to get two major new updates going by a new report. An insider source claims that the laptops will feature OLED touch-sensitive function keys and a Touch ID power button.

Rumors about the two new additions have been floating around since May when KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a note on the upcoming MacBook Pro models. According to him, the notebooks are going to be released in Q4 2016 and will represent the most significant upgrade among all the brand’s products in the present year.

Kuo had mentioned that the MacBook Pro would be getting Touch ID support, but did not go into any specifics. 9to5Mac is now asserting that the feature will be integrated within the device’s power button. This makes a certain degree of sense since it would allow for one-touch power-on and authentication, just like the home button in the iPhone.

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Interestingly, resources previously spotted in macOS Sierra had indicated that Touch ID would be a part of future MacBooks. As for the other bit of news, Kuo had asserted that there will be an OLED display panel above the keyboard which would serve as a replacement for the physical function keys. The new report confirms this development.

If true, it could prove to be a gamechanger for the MacBook Pro, revamping its design and bringing in a host of new features. Apple is apparently planning to out a new iteration of the MacBook Air as the entry-level offering for its lineup. It might be followed by a 13-inch MacBook as the mid-tier option and two MacBook Pro models at the top of the heap.