Look, OK, some of you are going to blast me as a chump who’s willing to give up her face to Big Tech for convenience, but I really hope this rumor that Face ID may be coming to Macs is true.
That said, it may be a while before a Mac with a TrueDepth camera is announced. Not only is the code in early stages, but it’s also possible the tech will ultimately rely on Apple’s ARM-based chips to work. That’s partly because the Neural Engine on Apple’s A-series processors is a major part of what makes Face ID work in the first place. The first Macs with Apple silicon are expected to come later this year—possibly a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, maybe a MacBook Air—but it’s unclear whether any new Mac will have a TrueDepth camera along with it.
Right now, you can unlock MacBook Pros and the MacBook Air with Touch ID (or if you own an Apple Watch, you can unlock Macs with that, too). That’s pretty convenient if you’re working off just the laptop itself. But my actual work station involves plopping my MacBook Pro onto a stand. It functions as a secondary screen, while I let my poor, garbage eyes stare at a much bigger 27-inch 4K monitor as my primary screen. It also means if I want to unlock my computer, I have to reach over and contort my arm under a desk lamp to reach the Touch ID sensor. Is this entirely my fault and the result of a cramped desk? Absolutely, it is 100% my fault. Am I lazy? You betcha…Read more>>