The question here is will Apple put Face ID in Macs this year in 2018 models? So long as Face ID is popular, and it took longer time for Touch ID to come to Macs, and after some more time, a new Apple patent describes that could bring Face ID to Mac and others this year. Everything you are going to read reports and could not be accurate at all time.
Face ID on iPhone X has proven a bit hit amongst the users for the most part, and now we have confirmation that Apple is, or has at least considered bringing similar functionality to the Mac and of course, MacBook Pros.
All of this topic reimagined in a note that Apple has recently had a patent profile granted that would bring Face ID or such technology to the Mac.
The patent appears was applied for before the iPhone X was launched, but its description does sound eerily similar to that of Face ID with a system described for automatically logging a Mac in when it is approached.
The patent describes how Macs in sleep mode could use their camera to look for faces. This would presumably be a feature added to Power Nap, where a sleeping Mac is still able to carry out certain background activities without using much power.
If your Mac spots a face, it then uses facial recognition to wake the Mac if the user is identified […] Essentially, the Mac can remain in sleep mode while doing the easy bit – just figuring out whether or not any face is in view – and then enter a higher powered mode to run the facial recognition part before fully waking the machine.
The original mention of facial recognition similar to the way Face ID works is one that is not made a big deal of in this particular patent, although simply stating that face detection could be employed in order to detect a user’s face.
As another example, the computer may apply a face detection algorithm at step 92 in order to detect the subject’s face of depth map.
As such patent was spotted earlier mentions gesture controls for the Mac, which is something that is also referenced in this new patent including the identification of “humanoid forms…, in a depth map.” The changes to those forms could then be used to initiate navigation throughout macOS, for instance.
Interestingly, it’s worth noting that an Apple patent does actually not a Mac feature make. In other words, this patent doesn’t mean we will see Face ID or gestures find their way into the Mac, but again, we can only toss at least the first one does at some point soon.
(via: Patently Apple)
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