MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date Rumor; Device Has Touch ID Sensor?

By Victor Thomson , Jun 20, 2016 05:20 AM EDT

A number of rumored specs keep appearing online, while the new MacBook Pro 2016 hasn't been released yet. The latest rumors seem to confirm that that Apple MacBook Pro 2016 will come with Touch ID.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple did not make any announcements on new hardware products at the 2016 WWDC. However, Apple has given some hints about upcoming releases.

It is said that there is a possibility that later this year some new products will still come out. Apple usually schedules new product releases by the fourth quarter. This means that the MacBook Pro 2016 could possibly be launched as early as September.

This possibility has also been suggested by Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst. According to the online publication MacRumors, Kuo stated that Apple is planning a release between September to December. This could include lighter and thinner 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 editions.

According to speculations reported by Christian Today, it seem that when the new macOS Sierra references "biometric input device taps" what it means is that Touch ID is present in the upcoming MacBook Pro lineup. The references are similar to those in the beta version of the iOS 7 that later turned out to be the APIs used for the iPhone's Touch ID feature.

Tech Crunch also reports that Apple is planning to add the Touch ID to the MacBook Pro 2016 in order to provide a way for users to unlock the device in minimal time. This Touch ID sensor could also be used for payments on the Apple Pay network. 

Aside from the Touch ID feature, it is also rumored that the upcoming MacBook Pros will be powered by sixth-gen Intel SkyLake processors and their graphic cards will feature new Polaris lineups of GPUs from AMD. The top-tier Apple laptops will come with USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. They may feature LED touch panels instead the previous Retina displays.

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