Code found in macOS Sierra hints at rumored OLED touch bar, Touch ID support

By , Jun 14, 2016

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Some evidence has been discovered within the code of the initial macOS Sierra beta that suggests there may be some truth to the rumors that Apple is building a MacBook Pro with a built-in OLED touch bar and Touch ID support. As noted by French site Mac Generation, there are several mysterious ‘kHIDUsage_LED’ references in macOS, as well as mention of support for “biometric devices.”

Here is a list of some of the more interesting kHIDUsage_LED references in macOS:

  • kHIDUsage_LED_BatteryLow
  • kHIDUsage_LED_BatteryOK
  • kHIDUsage_LED_CameraOn
  • kHIDUsage_LED_DoNotDisturb
  • kHIDUsage_LED_EqualizerEnable
  • kHIDUsage_LED_Forward
  • kHIDUsage_LED_Mute
  • kHIDUsage_LED_NightMode
  • kHIDUsage_LED_Stereo
  • kHIDUsage_LED_SurroundOn

And here are the biometric device references discovered by developer Felix Schwarz:

macos biometric

Of course none of this necessarily means that Apple is on the verge of releasing a new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar and Touch ID. But between these references, past reports and the leaked chassis, it certainly seems like the company has some interesting new hardware in the wings. Highly regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the new MacBook Pro will launch in Q4 of this year.

Top image: MacBook Pro concept by Martin Hajek

Source: MacGen

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  • 9to5Slavery

    Looks like Microsoft… I don’t like it

  • OWashe

    Am I the only one who thinks Apple really messed up Apple Music on iOS 10???

    • No, you’re not, but that’s entirely irrelevant to the article.

    • Chindavon

      The deeper they got within each menu, the more lost I got.

  • mrgerbik

    the touchbar should house the icons from your onscreen bar – freeing the screen up would be really nice

  • References found in Sierra are NOT related to OLED touch bar. kHIDUsage_LED_NightMode can be found in IOKit framework on OS X 10.7 Lion or newer.