It has been three years since Face ID launched initially on the iPhone X. It uses proprietary pixel imaging technology that is much more secure than your usual facial recognition software that uses a camera. That same technology may soon become available on Apple’s non-mobile products, like the upcoming Macs.
Developers have unearthed new code in macOS Big Sur that alludes to this future feature. It would mean that the new Macs will need to include the same TrueDepth technology included in the iPhone and iPad Pro models.
In a new extension codes like “FaceDetect” and “BioCapture” were found that confirms that Apple is preparing macOS to operate with Face ID, as these codes are similar to those used by iOS. According to these developers they “investigated and this Face ID extension was clearly built for macOS, and it’s not some remnant code from Catalyst technology.”
The only devices other than iPhones and iPads that currently use biometric authentication are the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro – both use Touch ID. The ability to use Face ID on the Mac would bring more convenience to unlocking the computer, and it would also fit perfectly on iMac, which doesn’t have a built-in keyboard.