Leaked MacBook Pro pics suggest OLED touch bar and Touch ID

Apple is holding an event this Thursday, presumably to introduce a new line of Macs, but the eagle-eyed folks over at MacRumors have seemingly spoiled some of that upcoming keynote's magic. The site found images of a new MacBook Pro lurking in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update that was issued yesterday. Have a look at one of those leaked shots:

Image source: MacRumors

If these leaks are accurate (and it's hard to see how they couldn't be, given the source), Apple's next laptops will ditch the function-key row for a long-rumored OLED touch bar that will adapt to the application or task at hand. The leaked images also hint at a Touch ID sensor embedded in the far-right side of that touch area, an addition that might let owners take advantage of Apple Pay and other authentication-required stuff in the Apple ecosystem.

It's still unclear whether the new machines will use Apple's low-profile scissor-switch keyboard, as found in the MacBook, and the hardware Apple will use to power these new machines also remains a mystery. Seems like we could still end up a bit surprised by whatever comes to pass in a couple days.

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    • synthtel2
    • 3 years ago

    Vim users aren’t going to like this one bit.

    • beck2448
    • 3 years ago

    What a joke! How about a beefy MBP with 64gb ram, Nvidia 1080, 5tb SSDs, 17inch screen for
    real professionals?

    • psuedonymous
    • 3 years ago

    The 2014 Thinkpad X1 Carbon called with a message from the [s<]future[/s<] past: Everybody [b<]hates[/b<] soft/'smart' function rows!

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Mmm, I’m split, I’m sure you can do lots of cool stuff with the OLED bar, but the function key is so functional and engrained in muscle memory, in the dark, blindfolded, one hand behind my back, I can adjust the volume to a movie while being kidnapped, or dim the screen in 1/4th bar increments with shift+alt+function, etc….Also, when using flux at night, would it control the colour temperature of the OLED bar…Etc etc.

    tl;dr ALL CHANGE IS INHERANTLY BAD, APPLE IS DOOMED

    • Antimatter
    • 3 years ago

    Lenovo did the same with their 2014 X1 Carbon keyboard but backtracked with the next model after complaints.

    • kmieciu
    • 3 years ago

    This keyboard looks almost like [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Membrane_keyboard<]membrane[/url<]...

    • Generic
    • 3 years ago

    Well, why stop there Apple?

    I mean show some [b<]courage[/b<], and eliminate [i<]all[/i<] the physical keys associated with productivity! I see a fair amount of them on the right. Or am I to understand that those are vital emoji constructors?

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    still no touch screen support? I guess they like losing? Only part of the market growing is hybrids. Not sure what they’re thinking.

      • Arbiter Odie
      • 3 years ago

      I can’t speak for everybody, of course, but I’ve found the utility of touchscreen computers (with a full OS) to be limited. Also, fingerprints on the screen are gross.

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        AND YET IT’S THE ONLY PART OF THE MARKET GROWING. ALSO, BE A STUDENT IN THE SCIENCES OR ART AND TELL ME THAT PEN SUPPORT AND TOUCH SUCKS.

          • floodo1
          • 3 years ago

          What is the market share for hybrids? Growth rate != adoption, and in fact it is easier to grow faster when your share is smaller

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            growth rate is fast enough both apple and google rushed subpar copycat products to try and catch up to Microsoft, who’s initial products were in fact subpar.

          • Redocbew
          • 3 years ago

          Ok, pen support and touch sucks.

        • Airmantharp
        • 3 years ago

        Think of touch-screen also in terms of stylus support.

      • deniro444
      • 3 years ago

      I could care less if they add a touch screen.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      I have a hard enough time obsessively cleaning the screen as is 😛

      Their antireflective coating also seems to pick up and hold on to fingerprints really easily, making them big purpleish blobs until cleaned.

    • RdVi
    • 3 years ago

    I love the image.

    Tonight at 6: Apple makes it easier for you to pay Apple.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    No hardware power button?

    Yep, nothing can ever go wrong with [i<]that[/i<] idea.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t be silly! It’s not a problem at all.

      In the unlikely event that you need to use the old, non-courageous power button, you just have to pop the battery out and… oh, wait nevermind.

      • nico1982
      • 3 years ago

      The rightmost extremity of the bar is actually a separate button. Think previous-gen iPhone home button, just square.
      Supposing that the laptop in the images is the real deal, you can even see the discontinuity between the bar and the button in the image without the finger.

        • Redocbew
        • 3 years ago

        If they’re using it as both a power button and a function button, then they’re still doing it wrong.

          • nico1982
          • 3 years ago

          If what I supposed is true, it is an hardware power button with an embedded touch ID sensor. The power button functionality will be as reliable as the previous models.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]that upcoming keynote's magic[/quote<] "Magic Control Strip" name confirmed?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Ugh. That was a joke, but Ars says it’s the [url=http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/10/macos-10-12-1-spills-the-beans-on-the-new-macbook-pro/<]Magic Toolbar[/url<]. I'm practically jumping off the building where all those balloons congregate in the iPhone 7 commercial.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      I chuckled. You’re probably not far off.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Irony Alert:
    1. Apple calls the event “Hello Again,” an obvious ripoff of [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXpJ0bM5zbM<]The Cars[/url<] 2. Happening at the same time, we get the "official" confirmation that Apple's [url=http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/10/17/report-apple-car-project-is-dead-in-the-water-as-company-cuts-hundreds-of-positions/<]car project has been kiboshed.[/url<] Conclusion? RDF CONFIRMED!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Every building DOES look like a phallic symbol.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      [url<]http://gallery.dpcdn.pl/imgc/UGC/39596/g_-_-x-_-_-_39596x20130301215859_0.jpg[/url<]

      • End User
      • 3 years ago

      You are clearly out of the infinite loop:

      [url=http://everystevejobsvideo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Macintosh-Hello.jpg<]Hello 1984[/url<]

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