After incorporating the facial recognition feature in the iPhone X, Apple could be replacing its Touch ID in Mac by Face ID with gesture controls in the future as the tech giant has got a fresh patent to the same effect. The patent granted to Apple on Tuesday suggests that the “computer may apply a face detection algorithm at step 92 in order to detect the subject’s face of depth map”, 9to5Mac reported. This patent suggests how body language more generally- head, torso and arm could be used to signal intent to the Mac.
This is, however, not the first patent application Apple made for facial recognition on the Mac. One predating the launch of iPhone X described a way of allowing Macs to automatically log users in, even if the devices were in sleep mode when users approached them, the report said, adding that the scope of the new patent is a little broader.
Apple first introduced the Face ID technology with the iPhone X and in the process, it ditched the physical biometric sensor. While some hater the move, most of them liked it, and some got used to it over the period of time.
With Apple on the verge of adding Face ID to its MacBooks, it will be interesting to see how this move will go with the users. That being said, don’t expect the 2018 or early 2019 MacBooks to sport the Face ID. We might see the MacBooks with Face ID rolling out in the latter half of 2019 or early 2020.
In other news, Apple is rumoured to be using Intel Kaby Lake processors on the next-generation MacBooks, ditching the Intel Core series completely. Apple will launch at least two new iPhones at its September event, but it’s unknown whether the Cupertino giant is planning to launch any MacBooks during the event.
With Inputs from IANS.