TrueDepth camera might be coming in Apple’s new OS Big Sur. Users thrilled about Face ID on Mac.

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

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Apple might be working to bring facial recognition to its computers like newer iPhone and iPad models that feature Face ID, which allows users to unlock the device through advanced facial recognition. Face ID is not yet available on any Mac yet but references to the TrueDepth camera on macOS Big Sur can be found, which suggests Apple is working on the Mac version of its Face ID.

MacOS Big Sur beta 3 has new extension with codes intended to support “PearlCamera.” This is the is the internal codename Apple uses for the TrueDepth camera and Face ID, which was first revealed with the iPhone X leaks in 2017. Codes such as “FaceDetect” and “BioCapture” found within this extension confirms that Apple is preparing macOS to operate with Face ID, as these codes are like those used by iOS. However, the implementation is still in the early stages, so it might take some time before Apple announces a new Mac model with the TrueDepth camera to support Face ID.

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro currently feature bio-metric authentication through Touch ID integrated into the keyboard. Having Face ID on the Mac would bring even more convenience to unlocking the computer, and it would also fit perfectly on iMac, which doesn’t have a built-in keyboard. As Touch ID depends on the T2 security chip, it would be impractical for Apple to add it to a separate wireless keyboard.

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Apple earlier confirmed that future Macs will be running with Apple SoCs will have the same Neural Engine as iPhone and iPad. This will allow the neural technology which is fundamental to the way Face ID works, as it analyzes the details of the user’s face through machine learning models in just a fraction of a second, but no Mac has included Neural Engine so far.

With the first Apple Silicon Mac coming later this year, users will also be able to run any iOS app on macOS, which is certainly one more reason to have the TrueDepth camera on Macs.

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