With the launch of the new MacBook Pros, Apple introduced a notch in its display that is similar to the notch found on the iPhone. Unfortunately, unlike the iPhone, the MacBook Pro’s notch does not hide a Face ID sensor but merely the webcam. But why didn’t they include Face ID?
According to Apple, the official explanation was because our hands are already on the laptop’s keyboard, so it makes more sense to use Touch ID, but we weren’t quite buying it. As it turns out, technical limitations could have been a reason why Apple did not include Face ID inside of the new MacBook Pros.
This is according to a teardown of the MacBook Pro by iFixit. During the teardown, they also compared the Face ID module from the iPhone 13 and found that it was thicker than what the MacBook Pro’s display could accommodate. This means that this could actually be the real reason why the MacBook Pro doesn’t have Face ID.
It is possible that Apple could have made the laptops thicker to fit the Face ID module, but perhaps they were trying to keep its footprint as small as possible. We wouldn’t be surprised, however, if a few years down the road Apple manages to shrink the components further and Face ID will become a feature of the MacBook.