If you have an iPhone or iPad Pro with Face ID then you know how much more convenient it can be– mostly, but not always– than Touch ID. Touch ID? How quaint. Apple still sells two iPhone models with Touch ID, and the mid-range and low-end iPads have Touch ID.
Even the MacBook Air has Touch ID to match what is on the MacBook Pro models. How pro-like are those pro Mac models without Face ID? Where the hell is the Mac’s Face ID?
Face ID, as with Touch ID before it, is where Apple displays technological prowess best; the marriage between high convenience and high security. In most cases, with the right password manager app, all you need to do is remember one password; the one to open your iPhone or iPad after a restart.
Let Touch ID or Face ID do the rest.
So, Apple, where is the Mac’s Face ID? The technology matures every year and performs some functions on iPad Pro that are better than iPhone. What a great list. Apple:
- Face authentication
- Uses TrueDepth camera
- Easy enrollment
- Specialized neural networks
- Natural and secure
- User privacy
- Attention awareness
- Adapts over time
- Works with Apple Pay and apps
There is only one real problem with that list? Face ID is not on the Mac. Not the Mac Pro, not the Mac desktop models which can venture into the tens of thousands of dollars, not even the MacBook Pro models which scream for more professional level features.
What’s going on?
It takes time to revamp a line of computers and Apple is about to revamp the Mac entirely; new displays, new keyboard designs, new Intel Inside, and that presents an excellent opportunity for Face ID to debut.
Even better, no Notch. iPad Pro has a healthy bezel around the edge of the display, so Face ID isn’t really visible to the naked eye, not distracting at all, and just works. Do not expect a Notch on the Mac; even the new MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display stuffed into a 15-inch space has enough bezel to fit Face ID.
What Face ID needs that is different than Face ID on iPhone and iPad Pro is awareness. Face ID on iPhone doesn’t even work when the device is tilted into landscape mode. The Mac, though, lives in landscape mode and should allow for a feature that is always aware of your presence.
Leave, and Face ID could lock your Mac. Sit back down and Face ID could unlock your Mac without any intervention at all. If you know how Apple works, then you know that’s exactly what the company is working on for the Mac.
So, Apple, where the hell is Face ID for the Mac? I refuse to buy another Mac notebook until Face ID arrives. If there were a petition for that I would sign it.