Apple is on the brink of introducing its renowned Face ID authentication system to MacBooks, a move that could significantly bolster the security of these devices. The indication arises from a recently granted patent (number 11727718), which details the advantages of Face ID and its potential incorporation into Apple’s laptop lineup.
The patent underscores the multifaceted capabilities of computers, many of which involve handling sensitive information that demands safeguarding. In response, Apple contemplates the integration of an authentication system, such as Face ID, to fortify the security of MacBooks.
However, the challenge lies in maintaining the sleek form factor of MacBooks while introducing the Face ID solution. Apple acknowledges this concern by proposing a “light pattern recognition module.” This module encompasses a light projector and a sensor designed to detect the reflected light, as seen, for instance, off a user’s face.
Accurate authentication is achieved through a sensor that assesses whether the reflected light pattern aligns with the target pattern, confirming the user’s identity and passing the Face ID verification.
This complex integration is envisioned to be concealed within the MacBook’s notch. Recent Apple MacBooks have adopted a notch to house their front-facing cameras, as an alternative to embedding them beneath the display. While Apple is exploring under-screen technology, the notch currently presents a practical solution for housing the Face ID sensor array.
Beyond authentication, Apple suggests that the system could also capture facial gestures and emotions. This concept aligns with previous patents, indicating potential uses such as gesture-based control of applications, a feature that was subsequently introduced in macOS Sonoma.
The patent is uniquely tailored to integrating Face ID into portable computing devices, primarily focusing on MacBooks. Despite an illustration of an iMac or monitor, the narrative is centered on Apple’s laptop range. This patent adds to the growing evidence that Apple is seriously contemplating bringing Face ID to its Mac lineup.
While the patent’s existence does not guarantee its implementation, it aligns with Apple’s recognition of Face ID’s potential in enhancing device security. The inevitability of Face ID’s integration into MacBooks appears increasingly likely, as it stands to bolster security and align with Apple’s commitment to innovation. It remains a matter of time before this evolution becomes a tangible reality.