Apple Patent Application Hints at Face ID for Mac Computers

Apple Patent Application Hints at Face ID for Mac Computers

Face ID could finally be on its way to MacBook and iMac computers. At least, that’s the takeaway from a newly published Apple patent application that details a “Light Recognition Module for Determining a User of a Computing Device.”

While the language in the title is more generic, the patent essentially describes a facial recognition system for laptop and desktop computers. Since Apple is the company filing the application, it’s reasonable to infer that the technology would appear as Face ID in the company’s MacBook and iMac lines if and when it does make it into consumer products.

The images accompanying the patent indicate that the facial recognition module could be embedded in a notch comparable to that of the iPhone, although the patent does describe other potential form factors. The module would allow people to use facial recognition to log into their computers, adding an extra layer of biometric security to those devices.

Apple has previously indicated that it would be bringing Face ID to more devices, although it is yet to announce any concrete plans for the MacBook and the iMac. New MacBooks already have Touch ID capabilities, so the biometric progression would be similar to that of the iPhone.

A separate Apple patent hinted at a Face ID system for the Apple Watch. The company has also explored the potential for partial face recognition.

Source: Apple Insider

March 26, 2020 – by Eric Weiss