Gurman: Face ID Is Unlikely To Arrive On The MacBook Pro Ahead Of The iMac

Apple is sure to bring Face ID to the Mac at some point but don’t expect the MacBook lineup to be the first to get it, says Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

Writing in his weekly Power On newsletter, Gurman says that while Apple was intending to put Face ID into the M1 iMac, that never came to fruition.

However, a future iMac is likely to be the first Mac to use Face ID despite the fact that the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks already have a notch.

Face ID was in the cards for the original M1 iMac. Naturally, the iMac is the thickest Mac with a built-in display since Apple’s laptops have fairly thin screens. At this point, the technology to embed Face ID into the thin MacBook displays doesn’t exist. So if Face ID comes to the Mac, I think it will be on an iMac or external monitor first. Apple has definitely been working on this, but time will tell if they launch it.

Apple first brought the notch to the iPhone X and it’s since made the move to the MacBook Pro — although for different reasons. Mac users can already make use of Touch ID on both desktop and portable Macs, although Face ID would surely be a preferred option. Touch ID is not available for those using third-party keyboards, for example.

Whether Apple will bring Face ID to a Mac soon remains to be seen, although the fact Apple was considering it last year suggests that we could see a future iMac with Face ID sooner rather than later.

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