The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the first of Apple’s Macs to include a Touch ID sensor built-in for Apple Pay, unlocking the Mac with your fingerprint, and authentication purposes in third-party apps.
Other Macs can use Apple Pay, but they need to use a nearby iPhone or Apple Watch to authenticate and complete the purchase.
Here’s how it works:
The new MacBook Pro prompts users to setup a fingerprint during setup, but that will only let you setup one finger. Once you’ve completed the setup process, you can then add additional fingerprints (up to 3) from within System Preferences.
And like Touch ID, the new MacBook Pro also allows you to easily setup your Apple Pay details during the setup process, prompting you to scan their credit card or to enter security codes if a card is already detected on file. This is what it looks like:
How to setup Touch ID and add fingerprints on MacBook Pro
Navigate to Apple menu → System Preferences→ Touch ID:
- Click the “+ Add a fingerprint” to add a new fingerprint. The MacBook Pro supports up to 3 at once. ****Click the small “x” next to fingerprints and enter your Mac’s password to delete one.
- Your Mac will now prompt you to enter your system account password and place your finger to setup your fingerprint:
- From here you can also select to enable and disable the various Touch ID functions separately including Unlocking your Mac, Apple Pay, and iTunes & App Store.
How to add cards Apple Pay & Wallet on MacBook Pro
Navigate to Apple menu→ System Preferences→ Wallet & Apple Pay:
- Select “Add Card…” to scan a new card
- Hold your card up to the camera to automatically detect the number or click the button to “Enter Card Details Manually”
- Once your card is added, you can manage your cards, view transaction history, edit contact and shipping info, and click the “+” or “-” icons to add or remove cards:
After you’ve setup Touch ID and Apple Pay on your Mac, you and others can still alternatively use a nearby iPhone or Apple Watch to authenticate (same goes for unlocking), which can be handy if a guest is using your Mac and wants to use Apple Pay.