What’s the biggest hit feature in the biggest technology hit of the year? Face ID in iPhone X. The reviews are in and except for the most contrarian members of the technorati elite politburo, iPhone X is a big hit and so is Face ID.
Apple figured out a way to advance the state of the art iPhone to include the best OLED display and the fastest CPU and a not-so-new facial recognition system that actually works the way Touch ID worked for a few hundred million iPhone users. So, Apple; how about some love for the Mac.
My Mac Knows Me
Based upon the size of the iPhone X’s Notch with TrueDepth camera and sensor array, it’s easy to see the future of such face recognition as a security device for iPad and Mac. It took awhile, but Apple brought Touch ID from iPhone to the mid-range and high end MacBook Pro models a year ago with the Touch Bar and built-in Touch ID. Since then, well, nothing.
No Touch ID for iMac or entry-level MacBook. Why not? It’s been over a year but back then Apple saw the future and it was not Touch ID. What was it? Face ID. Not only do Mac users want Face ID in future Macs, we should demand Face ID in future Mac models because nothing says love like a Mac that can recognize who you are.
Imagine this scenario. You walk up to your Mac, sit down in front of the screen and your Mac unlocks. That’s much how it works with Face ID on iPhone X. Lift up the iPhone and by the time you see the screen your iPhone has already seen your face, acknowledged you as who your face says you are, and let you with almost no effort on your part.
Mac users want that. After all, all Mac notebooks and iMacs already have a camera above the screen and that means plenty of room for a Notchless TrueDepth sensor and camera array. In this case, Face ID can do more. Already iPhone X can tell if you’re paying attention to the screen, and if you are, will tone down all the alert, alarm, and notification noise because, well, you’re right there.
A Mac with a built-in Face ID TrueDepth sensor and camera array will not only know who you are and that you’re ready to use your Mac, but it can also detect when you step away from your Mac and lock it up. Man, what is not to like about such a system?
What about Mac mini and a future headless Mac Pro without a built-in FaceTime camera? This is the perfect opportunity for another Apple branded display. A Retina display with Face ID True Depth camera and sensor built in, ready to be used by a Mac mini or Mac Pro. Not only should every 2018 iPad have Face ID, but every Mac in the near future should have it, too.
Face ID is not the first facial recognition system on a computer of any kind; desktop, notebook, or handheld. As with Touch ID before it, this is the one that works the way most of us want. Unobtrusive, instantly convenient, but with a higher level of security than a password like abc123 or admin123 or worse, password123. A more complex password becomes the ultimate security but with Face ID built in convenience comes back to the user.
The Mac needs Face ID.