It could be years before Face ID actually makes its way to desktop Macs
The MacBook might take longer because of its thinner screen.
Every week, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg does a deep dive into everything Apple-related, and this week was mostly about Apple’s delayed return to on-campus work. The extended version of the newsletter also has a new prediction on the future of Face ID on desktop Macs. Gurman is saying it will arrive in the next “couple of years.”
Gurman’s take is that Apple’s eventual goal is to put Face ID into every one of its products. That includes devices like the iPhone SE that currently only has Touch ID. Currently, Touch ID is still important as it’s a cheaper biometric alternative for Apple’s affordable ranges.
The reason Gurman thinks it will change? Augmented Reality, made possible by the depth information from the Face ID sensors. He thinks this won’t happen until the next major redesign of the iMac and this won’t be for another couple of years.
With Face ID in every device, how will Apple differentiate between the premium and affordable ranges? Well, he reckons that Apple will put cameras embedded in the screen on the higher-priced models. The iPhone SE/iPad Air ranges will still continue to have notches in the screen to hold their camera modules.
Will Face ID come to the MacBook range? Well, that might take longer, if at all, because of the difficulty of putting the necessary sensors into the thinner screens.
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