Apple's Face ID has been a popular biometric security feature for the iPhone. But now there is reason to believe that it could be a winner on Mac.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a patent for a new, more sophisticated Face ID that could make its way to the Mac. According to the patent, previously reported by 9to5Mac, Apple's Face ID would have two important features in addition to the standard biometric features you already have in the iPhone.
First up, the Face ID feature would continuously evaluate what's in front of the laptop. Even if you do not physically interact with your computer for a period of time, Face ID will see that you are in front of the machine and stop it from going to sleep. It can be especially useful when considering a long document or looking at something on the screen and not having to touch the keyboard or mouse.
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Second, Apple has devised a way for the Mac to know when you are getting close, look for your face and quickly unlock your computer as you set you in front of the computer. It can be especially useful when your computer is in sleep mode and you want to quickly log in and start working. On a current MacBook, you must wait for the screen to turn on and your accessory to turn on before you enter your password.
Apple brought Touch ID to Mac, but has not yet brought Face ID even though the company has been offering it on iPhone since the release of iPhone X. Sentenced by the patent, which does not refer to Macs specifically, but points to Using Face ID in a data device and using Mac-like drawings, Apple at least considers the Mac-based Face ID experience.
However, like other large technology companies, Apple is constantly filing patents. And in some cases, these technologies never find their way to devices. So, while possible, we will see a smarter and more sophisticated Face ID in Apple's Macs at some point in the future, but it is also possible that we will not. For now, bring this with the proverbial grain of salt.