Touchscreen may be coming to MacBook Pro

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Apple's next MacBook Pros could have a completely new design, with a touchscreen control bar above the keyboard along with a touch ID to scan your fingerprints. This report comes from a trusted Apple analyst in a note to investors. And the blog 9TO5Mac says it also has unnamed sources backing up these statements. If true this is the most significant upgrade ever by Apple for it's laptops. This touch OLED display is said to replace the function keys on top. So maybe it'll show different options to touch depending on what program you're in. And that touch ID fingerprint scanner would not just be security for unlocking the machines. But likely also used for online shopping. It seems a bit silly to make a big deal that a MacBook could be added a small touchscreen panel when we have all sorts of laptops now that use touchscreens. But that's Apple for you, usually late to the game, but this time trying to put a new twist on touch. The design is also said to be thinner and lighter, no surprise there, right? But to make it thinner, it could use one of those new USB-C ports And the keyboard would have the same type of butterfly mechanism keys found in the 12 inch MacBook that debuted last year. So when will it arrive? You could likely be waiting until the end of the year Instead of July, it's previously rumored, Apple is having a big event next month. It's the worldwide developers conference beginning June 13. That's usually the time to hear about software. So don't hold your breath, expecting to see these new laptops. That's it for this tech news update. I'm Bridget Carey. You could stay on top of the biggest story at cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]

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