After investing in the iPhone and iPad, Face ID technology could arrive on Apple computers, portable as all-in-one.
Unlock your iMac or MacBook Pro like you do with your iPhone, just by showing it your best profile? And why not !
A patent published by theUSPTO, the U.S. National Office, and filed by Apple in September 2018 shows that Cupertino is working on various solutions for integrate Face ID on your computers, in a clearly improved version.
Integration side, Apple would plan to crimp the camera modules in the same way as on mobile devices, making a notch at the top of the screen. An effort which however implies that the screens of future Macs are edge to edge since for the moment, even if the borders have been refined, they are still very present.
Note that the information in this patent must be taken with a lot of tweezers. There is no indication that what we see there will ever happen.
The force of light
According to the document, Apple could use light and / or infrared projectors coupled with algorithms to precisely determine the impact of a predetermined light profile on the recorded face, depending on the ambient light. Thus, impossible to open a session using a photo of the person or by any other means aimed at reproducing the features of a friend, a colleague.
If Apple adds facial recognition to the security arsenal of its machines, it will be on a par with Microsoft which, via Windows Hello, also offers – on compatible computers – session unlocking by this means, as well as data encryption , files, etc.
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More work for the T2 chip or the one that will succeed it
Apple is also considering using Face ID to open or seal security enclaves containing sensitive data. It is undoubtedly the T2 chip (or the future T3?) That would be called upon, as it is already for security, in particular via Touch ID (Apple Pay payment, start and login, etc.), on Mac Mini, iMac Pro, MacBook Pro and Air marketed since 2018/2019.
According to Apple, ” T2 chip ISP processor and FaceTime HD camera work together to improve tone mapping, exposure control, and auto exposure and white balance based on face detection “
Improving the existing or implementing an even more successful facial recognition device seems entirely possible, Apple already has almost all the tools on the bench. Reworking the macOS interface to make it compatible and usable with a notch is also in its strings, it did well on iOS.
Only cutting a notch in the large screens of portable machines or iMacs could pose a small industrial concern for Apple: it should find a partner capable of delivering these exotic shaped tiles without jeopardizing all other assets Retina Display.
Sources: USPTO via AppleInsiders