According to some sources, we have heard that Apple might expand its Face ID feature from the iPhone to its MacBook and iMac. Apple recently filed a patent that hints that they are working on achieving the Face ID technology on the iMac and the MacBook. Just like how they implemented the Touch ID feature from the iPhone to the iPad.
Similarly, just like the Touch ID, Apple will implement the facial recognition technology on the iMac, which has already made its way to the iPhone.
The patent images show the screen of a MacBook and an iMac with an ingrained upper frame, which could be the place where they will put the facial recognition sensors. The patent focuses on the privacy of the users and also how they store their data on their computers.
If you look closely, the upper frame involves a notch like design that resembles the current notch design we see on one of the latest iPhone models. According to Apple, “To prevent unauthorized users from accessing this sensitive data, these computing devices may incorporate systems and mechanisms for authenticating users,”
The patent also reveals that how challenging it is to integrate this type of powerful technology into a computer. It gives us a hint that the mechanisms must be thin and compact due to the insufficient amount of space available in the internal section of the device. There’s also a theoretical image of a monitor of an iMac with a notch at the upper portion of the display.
What is a Face ID?
If you think Face ID is just completely based on a camera that takes a photo of your face and AI, you are sadly mistaken. The actual method on which the Face ID method works is TrueDepth technology.
TrueDepth technology uses the help of an infrared camera, an IR illuminator, and a dot projector. The dot projector emits a ray of light that reflects 30,000 dots on your entire face, invisible to the human eye. Although visible to the infrared camera. After that, the infrared illuminator allows this technology to work in the dark.
Then, a neural artificial intelligence algorithm aided by the iPhone’s A11, A12, and A13 Bionic processors, generates a 3D image of your face that records the shapes, volumes, strokes on the skin, and other biometric data. The print of your face then gets stored and encrypted in a secure location device hardware. It is not transmitted over the Internet or processed in the cloud, to envisage whenever we unlock the phone.