05 August 2020
Apple appears to be prepping up to bring the Face ID to its Mac devices as well as the code suggesting the same has been recently spotted. Sleuths over at 9to5Mac were able to spot a few related clues inside the new open beta of macOS Big Sur.
They found codes intended to support “PearlCamera.” While reporting it, the tech publication reminded us that the “PearlCamera” is the internal codename Apple used for the TrueDepth camera and Face ID during the iPhone leaks in 2017. So, this is the biggest hint the code is suggesting the existence of the TrueDepth camera on Mac as well.
Additionally, the codes such as “FaceDetect” and “BioCapture” in the new extension in the said beta just further confirm Apple is preparing macOS to operate with Face ID. The folks claimed to have investigated it and can confirm the feature is clearly being built for macOS.
The development is said to be in the early stages, so it might take some time to come to a new model.
As 9to5Mac also notes, one more aspect that confirms the development or the possibility that Apple is bringing Face ID to Mac is the Neural Engine. This is an important tech that A-series processors have since the introduction of the A11 Bionic chip. The tech uses machine learning models to analyze the details of the user’s face. And, no Mac had it before. But now things are about to change as Apple is switching to its own ARM-based chips for the Mac. Apple itself has confirmed that Macs running with Apple SoCs will have the same Neural Engine as iPhone and iPad. This in turn confirms that the development around Face ID for Mac is already under process.
If that is the case then Apple’s Face ID will not be just limited to only to iOS devices or iPads. Apple seems to be doing some big arrangements for its upcoming Mac machines. First, it announced its shift from Intel-based processors to its own silicon chips for the Macs, and now it is bringing one more interesting feature that would just level up the game from here. It will be more convenient and even faster unlock the Mac with just the facial recognition tech.