Many media have echoed rumors about the arrival of a new generation MacBook Pro that include Touch ID and touchbar OLED with programmable shortcuts. Now a note made in Bloomberg clarifies that these new MacBook Pro features represent "important update" after four years without significant changes to the notebook line.
The most important addition to the new MacBooks Pro is a secondary display on the keyboard replacing the row of standard function keys. Instead of physical keys, an OLED strip as screen will display additional functions according to the application or task being running at the time.
Apple's goal with screen dedicated function is to simplify the keyboard shortcuts, traditionally used by experienced users. Theoretically, the panel will display playback controls for multimedia files when iTunes is open, but could show editing commands such as cut and paste during word processing tasks. The screen also allow Apple to add new buttons through software updates rather than through expensive hardware upgrades more.
The Bloomberg report adds that the fingerprint verification using the Touch ID will come standard on new machines. As reported previously, the fingerprint sensor could be integrated into the power button on the laptop.
On iPhones and iPads, fingerprint data are kept in the safe enclave, a cryptographic processor dedicated to Apple fit into the main system on a chip. The chip makes from the iPhone can not directly access the encrypted data secure enclave.
If Apple were to offer the same level of data protection with fingerprint identification in the new MacBook Pro, the machine could easily have its own secure enclave. Which in turn, might suggest that the new machines would dispense with Intel processors and run custom chip designed by Apple.