Apple will reportedly bring Face ID to the Mac in the next “couple of years”.
That’s according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who used his latest newsletter to announce that the Cupertino company plans to bring its facial recognition technology Face ID to lower-end devices like its iPad Air, iPhone SE, and the Mac in the next year or two to unify the product categories.
Right now, some of Apple’s lower-end models continue to use Touch ID as it’s a more cost-effective method than Touch ID, but Apple plans to offer Face ID as standard across the Apple range.
“It won’t happen this year, but I’d bet Face ID on the Mac is coming within a couple of years,” Gurman said in a statement. “I expect all iPhones and iPads to transition to Face ID within that timeframe, too. Eventually, a camera embedded in the screen would help differentiate Apple’s pricier devices by eliminating the notch at the top.
“The facial recognition sensor gives Apple two central features: security and augmented reality. Touch ID, more convenient or not, only provides the former.”
Gurman previously suggested that Apple planned to bring Face ID to the new 24-inch iMac, though it was not introduced. He later suggested that the update had been delayed and would launch alongside another iMac, such as the 27.-5inch model, and that the entire Mac range would eventually move to Face ID with improved iSight cameras. It’s thought that, because MacBook screens as much thinner than iPhones, it’s harder to incorporate the necessary technology and depth sensors needed for Face ID.
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