After major success with the Face ID being implemented in the iPhone X is safe to assume that Apple is planning to equip all its devices with this great feature. We already had reports of an iPad Pro with Face ID coming next year and now we heard some rumors about a Face ID powered Home Pod. Can we hope for Face ID coming on Mac devices? Yes, we can.
What is Face ID and how does it work?
Before we look into the possibility of getting Face ID on other devices let’s see how it works on the iPhone X. If you already know you can skip this paragraph.
Face ID uses a combination of light projectors and sensors to take images of your facial features. Face ID is powered by Apple’s ‘TrueDepth’ camera system technology which takes a detailed depth map of your face to recognize you in an instant.
To set up Face ID, you follow the on-screen instructions, which involve moving your head in a circle so a camera can take multiple shots of your face for a 3D map. It uses infrared light to illuminate your face while capturing the images, to work day or night, outside or indoors. IR spans wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation (known commonly as ‘light’) just beyond the visible spectrum, so iPhone X’s display won’t dazzle you in the dark.
After you have it setup properly Face ID will unlock your iPhone and help you authenticate when you make a purchase, sign in to apps and more.
Face ID also has an accessibility feature to support individuals who are blind or have low vision. If you don’t want Face ID to require that you look with your eyes open at iPhone X, you can open Settings > General > Accessibility, and disable Require Attention for Face ID. This is automatically disabled if you enable VoiceOver during initial set up.
Face ID on iPad
A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is working on a redesigned high-end iPad for 2018. It’s said that the new iPad will have iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and facial recognition, according to people familiar with the matter.
However, the new version of the tablet is unlikely to include an OLED screen, which provides more vivid colors and sharper clarity, the people said. They asked not to be identified talking about private product development.
An iPad with no Home-button
Dropping the home button on the iPad would allow for a larger screen in the same physical footprint. Apple already reduced the thickness of the edges on the 10.5-inch version vs. the 9.7-inch model it replaced, to maximize screen real estate, and it could go further still with additional space savings from reducing the ‘chin’ of the front of the device.
Face ID on Mac
We will probably not see Face ID functionality on Mac very soon, not in the next year anyway. Apple has implemented the Touch ID in the MacBook Pro line last year so we don’t see this being their priority at the moment. I personally think that implementing Face ID in the Macs would be much easier than Touch ID because the hardware is already done for the iPhone X so it would just need to be adapted for macOS.
With Face ID macOS would make unlocking your MacBooks and iMacs a breeze, all you would have to do is lift the lid or look at the computer.
Furthermore, Face ID on the Mac could be added to all of Apple’s products, including the iMac and MacBook lines. Currently, Touch ID is only supported on the MacBook Pro because of how it’s housed in the Touch Bar. On the other hand, every Mac (apart from the Mac mini and Mac Pro) has a FaceTime camera and the Face ID technology could easily be added there.
Face ID on HomePod
This report comes from David Ho, president of Inventec Appliances, the company responsible for producing Apple’s HomePod and AirPods. David Ho explains that his company sees smart speaker trends that companies are working on to “incorporate features such as a facial and image recognition.”
In addition to Apple, Inventec Appliances also produces products for Sonos, but Nikkei cites analysts in saying he’s likely referring to “the next generation of Apple’s HomePod.”
“We see trends that engineers are designing smart speakers that will not only come with voice recognition but also incorporate features such as facial and image recognition,” President David Ho told reporters after the company’s earnings conference.
“Such AI-related features are set to make people’s lives more convenient and to make the product easier to use.”
As for when Face ID could make its way to the HomePod:
Jeff Pu, an analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting, said Apple could roll out HomePods with 3D-sensing cameras in 2019.
Nikkei’s report definitely is a bit forward-looking, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of the HomePod featuring facial recognition.
So what do you think about the Face ID coming to iPad, Mac and Home Pod? Comment below.