THE Face ID hit the shit in 2017 with the release of the iPhone X. From l to c, it was also implemented on the iPad Pro, but Macs are still out of the party.
That at some point Apple should launch Face ID Macs, this is not new unless the company relies on Touch ID as a biometric system for all its products and abandon Face ID; but at least for now, let's put that idea aside. Now, however, he has painted an essential element for this to come true.
As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple today achieved patent registration 10,372,191 (2017), which describes an even smarter Face ID system than that used on iPhones. According to the invention, the Mac camera can be used for two things.
The first is quite simple and describes one way to prevent your computer from entering Sleep Mode (Sleep mode) when you recognize that there is one in front of the machine using it.
The second, with a description beyond complicated, suggests that such a Face ID-capable Mac could automatically leave Sleep Mode and be unlocked as soon as the user approaches it.
True, in the patent, Apple uses the generic term "computing device" (which could describe an iPhone or iPad), but it seems that we are really talking about computers (even for other references, such as keyboard and mouse, that exist in the patent text). Also, since Macs have a feature called Power nap (In short, a series of operations that continue to run in the background, even when the computer is in sleep) all make a lot of sense.
The patent in question appears to extend the capabilities of Power nap, also using the camera to look for someone approaching the computer. If a person is detected, Mac then activates the face recognition feature to see if that person is the owner of the machine. If this happens, your Mac will exit Sleep Mode already properly unlocked, ready for use.
As we said, it seems to be a matter of time before Face ID reaches Macs even because of other patent applications filed by the company. If this advanced functionality is supported, as only another five hundred Apple will obtain patent registration does not necessarily mean that such technology will be implemented. Still, such a feature seems to me to be something technically very viable to apply now, so I see no reason not to be released.