Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw has published a new report today that claims that Apple could integrate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on its new MacBook Retina as well as the new MacBook Pro Retina models. The Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad are also believed to include the Touch ID scanner.
Now, this might seem a bit strange, but the website claims that the Apple Pay feature is also likely to be included on these devices. Since nobody is actually going to hold their MacBook near the contactless reader at the store, the mobile payment service will be restricted to online transactions only with the MacBooks. In a way this does make sense as it will allow Apple to expand its Apple Pay user base and also add to the momentum that Apple Pay has been enjoying so far.
The website has been a source of reliable information and leaks of unannounced Apple products in the past, most notably leaking photos of iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 components last year. So even though this rumor may sound a little absurd, there is a good chance that this could indeed happen. The report also confirms that the new MacBook Air as well as the MacBook Pro models will be offered in three color options this year – Gold, Space Gray and Silver.
Apple is believed to announce the new MacBook Air Retina by the end of this month. So we won’t have to wait very long to find out if this rumor is accurate or not.