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Apple’s revisions to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks, as well as next-generation versions of the wireless $69 Magic Mouse and the multi-touch enabled $69 Magic Trackpad, could soon gain an embedded Touch ID sensor for fingerprint identification, if a rumor posted Tuesday by Taiwanese blog Apple.club.tw is anything to go by. The site is alleging that Apple wants to bring its payment service from the confines of iOS-powered mobile devices to your desktop.

At first, it may seem that the explanation given doesn’t make much sense.

After all, who wants to lug around their notebook or a mouse/trackpad just to pay for groceries with their finger? Of course, Apple Pay is accepted as a form of payment in supported apps and on certain websites, too.

In that regard, having Touch ID embedded into your notebook and available on your desktop via the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad would certainly file as a great addition.

In addition, having Touch ID on Macs could enable users to log in to their computer without entering their account password, approve media and app purchases on iTunes and even strengthen security in apps, just like on iOS.

Apple’s NFC-based mobile payments platform is currently supported on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 supported Apple Pay only in apps. Older devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will gain Apple Pay functionality through an Apple Watch.

Source: Apple.club.tw (Google Translate)

  • Adrian

    In my imagination I see people paying with desktop macs in stores via Apple Pay…

    • :)

      That would never happen because Apple products are ridiculously expensive and companies aim to keep costs down. Microsoft owns the commercial market. Commercially, Apple PCs only have real presence in design industry or things of that nature

      • Elias Chao

        What Adrian posted means (at least that’s how I understood it) people going to stores carrying their iMacs to pay with them.

      • Fanboy 

        Definitely, which is why government agencies, airlines, even construction companies are using Apple products right?

  • Gregg

    About time…

  • Yujin

    Apple pay will not conquer all markets and this is just cause many vendors will try to launch their own “currency”. You have an iPhone wih Touch ID, I should be able to connect to to my computer and use it to pay. It can be done and I’m sure apple won’t need to embed a new sensor on all devices.

    For the Google crowd, if Apple pay is successful you will also enjoy NFC payments since you can tag along with Apple pay (maybe change that crap you have on your hands lol.)

  • Chindavon

    A natural progression.

  • Carlos Gomes

    Typing my password to unlock my laptop is fast and easy, but having to just place my finger on a sensor would make it way more convenient.

  • James G

    Turn the whole trackpad into a giant Touch ID sensor.

  • George

    So innovative….

  • DeRoth

    Most of us bring their Air,Pro,Retina notebooks at jobs,Starbucks & Co,Hotels,Universities,when traveling by plane,train and so on.Locking/unlocking via Touch ID isn’t bad at all. With paying is different story as for sure the contactless devices supporting NFC transactions will be brought to your table/seat/sofa and swap over your notebook or in this case the Magic Mouse which you only confirm the payment via Touch ID ( save the embarrassment of