Many iPhone and iPad models allow you to unlock your device with your face using Face ID, but on a Mac you still need to enter your password, set your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac or, depending on which Mac model you have, use your fingerprint with Touch ID. But code was reportedly discovered in the latest beta of macOS Big Sur by 9to5Mac suggests that Face ID could also arrive on Mac at some point in the future.
The beta code apparently references Apple’s codename for the TrueDepth camera, according to 9to5Mac. The TrueDepth camera is what enables Face ID in Face ID-enabled devices like the iPhone 11 and iPad Pro, but no Mac currently available has one. The code is also said to have snippets mentioning the terms “FaceDetect” and “BioCapture,” which appears to indicate biometric facial recognition.
If facial recognition technology makes its way to Macs, it seems possible that it could be used to unlock your device and with augmented reality apps that map your face. (Maybe the new Zoom trend will become fun zoom masks instead of zoom backgrounds.) And Face ID on Mac could come in handy if you’re using the next version of Safari, which is ready to ship with iOS. 14 and macOS Big Sur, as this new version will allow you to sign in to websites without a password just by using Touch ID or Face ID, provided the websites support the feature.
However, it’s unclear which Macs might get Face ID, or when they might get it, if they do, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Apple ultimately brings the technology to its computers.