Apple could bring Face ID on Mac, iPhone SE and more iPads in the next few years, according to a recent report.
Face ID is currently found in Apple’s flagship iPhones ranging from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone X, and across all four generations of the iPad Pro.
A security feature launched in 2018 as a new way to unlock your phone. Apple uses a front-facing TrueDepth camera and infrared sensor to scan your face and verify your identity without relying on the Home button found on older iPhones and other iPhones.
However, according to a new report, it looks like facial identification technology could appear in Apple’s iMac and MacBook lines, its iPhone SE and cheaper iPad models in the near future, allowing them to ditch Touch ID once and for all.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman shared his predictions for Face ID in his weekly Power On newsletter on July 25.
According to Gourmet, the main reason Apple hasn’t completely ditched Touch ID for now is because it’s cheaper to implement than Face ID.
“If that were possible, Apple would have ditched Touch ID by now,” Gourmet said (via 9to5Mac).
“But he had to be left for several reasons. For non-Pro iPhones SE and iPads, this is a cheaper alternative that allows Apple to cut costs while still providing security. On Mac notebooks, the screens are too thin to install the required depth sensor. ”
The foodie says Apple could fix the latter problem by completely removing the notch at the top of the displays and integrating the camera into the screen. However, this will not happen immediately.
“It won’t happen this year, but I bet Face ID will be on the Mac in a couple of years,” Gurman predicted.
“I expect all iPhones and iPads to also switch to Face ID at this time. In the end, the in-screen camera will help differentiate Apple’s more expensive devices by eliminating the notch at the top. The facial recognition sensor gives Apple two main features: security and augmented reality. Touch ID, more convenient or not, provides only the first. ”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Apple using Face ID for Mac.
Last July 9to5Mac discovered references to the TrueDepth camera in an early version of macOS Big Sur, indicating that Apple is working to bring Face ID technology to its line of computers.
However, it looks like we might have to wait a couple of years before Face ID hits the MacBook and iPad Air screens.