Apple’s first Face ID computer is unlikely to be a MacBook, Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman said. The thing is that the company has not yet developed a technology that allows you to fit all the sensors needed for face recognition into the thin top cover of a laptop.
Gurman shared information about the possible launch of an Apple computer with Face ID in his weekly Power On newsletter. The analyst says Apple originally planned to bring Face ID to the original M1 chip-based iMac, which debuted last year. Unfortunately, the company decided to abandon these plans, focusing on computer design.
Gurman claims that Face ID in Apple computers will debut in an iMac or an external monitor; since the thickness of the case of these devices will allow you to place all the necessary sensors without any problems. It is reported that the company does not currently have the technology to fit the True Depth facial recognition system into a thin laptop display cover.
The first computer with Face ID will be the Apple iMac and not a MacBook
Rumor has it that Apple has tested Face ID as part of the upcoming iMac Pro; based on the proprietary Arm-chipset; but at the moment this is unconfirmed information; and it is unclear whether the company’s next professional all-in-one computer will be equipped with a face recognition system.
In addition to the iMac Face ID info, Gurman confirmed that Apple is planning a virtual product launch event on March 8th . Recall that the company will present the new iPhone SE and iPad Air; based on the M1 chipset on this day; as well as, probably, a new Mac computer based on the proprietary Arm processor.
Face ID was in the cards for the original M1 iMac. Naturally, the iMac is the thickest Mac with a built-in display since Apple’s laptops have fairly thin screens. At this point, the technology to embed Face ID into the thin MacBook displays doesn’t exist. So if Face ID comes to the Mac, I think it will be on an iMac or external monitor first. Apple has definitely been working on this, but time will tell if they launch it.
It is worth mentioning that the upcoming entry-level MacBook Pro with the yet-to-be-announced Apple M2 SoC will not feature the ProMotion display already featured on the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to editor Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.
The leaker said the lack of a ProMotion display in future entry-level MacBook Pros should differentiate it from models based on the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. In addition, the company can also compromise on the amount of memory available.