By now many of you guys have probably heard that this year’s MacBook Pro will be undergoing a pretty huge change. We’re not just talking about a redesign here, we’re talking about how this year’s MacBook Pro could introduce a new way to interact with the laptop by including an OLED touch panel that would replace the function keys.
No doubt this is pretty exciting news, but the question is how accurate are the rumors? Turns out that the rumors could be pretty accurate because it has been recently discovered that there is code within the recently announced macOS Sierra that actually makes reference to a touch panel as well as other rumored features like Touch ID.
There have been strings that read, “kHIDUsage_LED_DoNotDisturb”, “kHIDUsage_LED_NightMode”, and “kHIDUsage_LED” just to name a few. Unless LED were to mean something else, it certainly sounds like this is in reference to the rumored touch panel. Of course all of this isn’t necessarily a guarantee, but it does sound pretty close.
We should also point out that the original rumor came from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has in the past been pretty spot on with his predictions, so with these references spotted in macOS Sierra, this rumor’s credibility just went through the roof. That being said, the rumors also suggested that the MacBook Pros are only arriving in Q4, so it looks like we still have a bit of waiting to do.