Touch ID has become a staple for Apple ever since its debut in the iPhone 5S, and while its addition to the iPad lineup makes sense, a rumor claims Apple has far wider ambitions for the personal security option.
According to a report that surfaced from Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw [translate], Apple is planning on bringing Touch ID to not only the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, but also the Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse as well. The report goes on to claim, based on information gathered from unnamed sources, that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor would be embedded just above the trackpad on the MacBook units, and it would be directly integrated into the Magic Mouse and Trackpad for easy access.
The inclusion of Touch ID on MacBooks and Magic accessories would give Apple an even bigger push into mobile payments, courtesy of Apple Pay, as it would mean even more secure payment options for users of those devices. Right now, Apple Pay is limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and will be usable on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 when the Apple Watch launches in 2015.
Of course, hardware design might play a role as to why something like this isn’t possible. There isn’t much room between the keyboard and the trackpad on a MacBook, and integrating a fingerprint sensor directly into the Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad might be tricky as well. Though, for what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time that Touch ID and a MacBook have been mentioned together, with a patent application revealed in late 2014 suggested Apple has at least considered it in one form or another.[via MacRumors; Apple.club.tw]