As we all know, the ability to unlock your device by using your face is pretty much available on many iPhones and iPad models. However, to unlock your Mac, you still have to type a password, set up your Apple Watch to auto-unlock your Mac, or use your fingerprint with your Touch ID. But, thanks to a recent code detected in the latest beta of macOS Big Sur by 9to5Mac, we can say that the FaceID feature will soon be available on Mac devices.
According to 9to5Mac, the code in the beta of macOS allegedly references Apple’s codename for the TrueDepth camera. Moreover, the TrueDepth camera is what enables the Face ID feature in Face ID-capable devices such as the iPhone 11 and the iPad Pro. But sadly, no Macs currently feature one.
The code also features fragments introducing the terms “BioCapture” and “FaceDetect,” which implies some kind of biometric facial recognition. Moreover, there was also a new extension on macOS BigSur beta 3 with codes assigned to support “PearlCamera.” If you don’t remember, this is the internal codename Apple uses for the TrueDepth camera and Face ID.
Henceforth, if Apple somehow brings the Face ID feature to Mac, then it’s a possibility that you will be able to use this feature to unlock your device and with augmented reality apps that map your face. You could also use it on the next version of Safari as it will let you log in to websites without a password just by using Touch ID or Face ID. But, only if the website supports it.
Nonetheless, the implementation is still in the early stages, and it might take some time before Apple unveils a new Mac model with a TrueDepth camera to support Face ID. However, the availability of this feature is still unclear. So, we might have to wait for Apple to bring this tech soon to its Mac devices.