Apple delaying launch of Face ID on Mac, says Bloomberg
Bloomberg today has claimed that Apple has developed the underlying technology to bring Face ID to the Mac however, it is unlikely that we will see the facial recognition authentication system, which Apple launched with the iPhone X in 2017, to the Mac anytime this year.
Face ID had originally been planned to arrive in this year’s iMac redesign, according to the report, citing unnamed sources, however, it is understood that it’s now unlikely to be included in the first iteration of the new design, which is expected to feature a similar design to Apple’s high-end Pro Display XDR.
Bloomberg also claims that Apple has underlying technology developed to bring support for both cellular connectivity — the ability for Macs to connect to the internet via smartphone networks – as well as over WiFi, but again this isn’t expected to launch anytime soon.
Apple has also developed underlying Mac support for both cellular connectivity — the ability for Macs to connect to the internet via smartphone networks — and Face ID, the company’s facial recognition system. But neither feature appears to be coming soon. To that end, Face ID had originally been planned to arrive in this year’s iMac redesign, but it’s now unlikely to be included in the first iteration of the new design.
Recently Bloomberg suggested that the new iMac, which will mark the first major design refresh to the machine since 2012, will feature smaller bezels and no metal “chin area” at the front. The rear of the machine is said to be flat with two versions — codenamed J456 and J457 — that will replace the existing 21.5-inch and 27-inch models.
The report said the redesigned iMac will be “one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year,” and as expected, Bloomberg says the new 2021 iMac will use Apple Silicon rather than Intel.