Apple’s next MacBook Pro could arrive as early as next month, and may feature an embedded fingerprint sensor, suggests a new report from MacRumors.
The speculation complements recent reports suggesting that Apple is planning to include the fingerprint sensor in the new MacBook’s power button. MacRumors doesn’t have any further specifics on this matter in its latest report, but asserts that Apple now appears to be hurriedly testing its latest macOS operating system to ensure that it’s fully compatible with the new hardware Apple has planned, and that “Apple could have its new MacBook Pro models ready to ship to customers some time in the second half of October.”
Apple may be rushing as part of an effort to compete with rivals like Google, which appears to be planning to implement an embedded fingerprint sensor into a forthcoming Chromebook laptop. Meanwhile, new devices are emerging that offer hardware supporting the biometric capabilities of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.
The MacBook Pro sensor is still a matter of speculation, of course, but its inclusion in the device would also track with Apple’s aim of expanding its Apple Pay mPayment platform, which relies on fingerprint-based transaction verification, to the web.
September 29, 2016 – by Alex Perala