In recent years, consumers have become increasingly conscious of their online privacy and depend on tools provided by brands like Apple to keep their data out of harm’s reach. Apple has positioned itself as the leader for online privacy, introducing a number of anti-Google and anti-Facebook policies and changes to iOS and macOS in recent years, but it’s Touch ID and Face ID that remain amongst the most important elements released to date.
Apple added Touch ID to the MacBook Pro several years ago alongside the Touch Bar, and with the announcement of the new MacBook Pro with M1 Max and M1 Pro chips, Touch ID has a new form factor. That’s without mentioning the technological feat of bringing Touch ID to the wireless Magic Keyboard on the new iMac, which was announced earlier in the year and designed to serve as an entry-level computer for everyday users.
So, when is Face ID coming?
Apple added a controversial notch to the new MacBook Pro – bringing it in line with the iPhone 13 range – but it did not introduce Face ID, despite rumors of the technology coming to the Mac for a number of years. Some are speculating that Apple wanted to bring Face ID to the MacBook Pro but couldn’t get the technology to work in time, whereas others think that Touch ID is enough on a computer and Face ID isn’t needed in the same way as it is on an iPhone. After all, we make far more Apple Pay purchases on our iPhones than we do on our Macs.
However, one can comfortably assume that the next MacBook Pro will ship with Face ID – and that’ll perhaps launch in late 2022 or early 2023. The new iMac 27-inch could also support Face ID with a 1080p FaceTime camera, and Apple could also bring Face ID to the new MacBook Air, rumored to be renamed to simply the MacBook when it launches in the second quarter of 2022.
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