Apple execs explain why new MacBook Pro doesn’t feature Face ID

Apple executives have explained why the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t come with Face ID, despite introducing a new notch on the display.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the company shared new details on the machines and explained why Face ID wasn’t an option. Tom Boger, Apple’s VP of Mac and iPad product marketing, said in the interview that “Touch ID is more convenient on a laptop since your hands are already on the keyboard.”

Apple was also asked about the possibility of bringing a touchscreen to macOS, with a spokesperson confirming that it preferred “indirect input” for the Mac. “We make the world’s best touch computer on an iPad. It’s totally optimized for that. And the Mac is totally optimized for indirect input. We haven’t really felt a reason to change that,” they said when asked about a touchscreen Mac.

The company also confirmed that they were working closely with third-party repair shops to make the process of repairing a Mac easier. “As I found a few months ago, if you spill water all over MacBooks and don’t have AppleCare, you could save hundreds of dollars by going to an independent repair shop—but only if the shop has the right parts and information to fix them. They often don’t,” the interview read. Boger said Apple continues to “do work in that space.”

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