There are a lot of rumors about Apple’s plans for the new Macs coming this year. According to various reports, the company is, for example, looking to provide the MacBook Pro with all the tools and features that we have been asking for for years.
Among the most talked about is the MagSafe-type charger, more connection ports and maybe even an SD card reader, an option that the current generation was deprived of and that has been the subject of so much criticism, especially from photographers and creatives.
More surprising is Bloomberg’s recent claim that Apple is already working to offer both 5G and Face ID on Mac, but it is unlikely to appear on a machine released before 2022.
It seems Apple has long wondered whether the Mac should have a mobile data chip or not. Many years ago, images of an older MacBook Pro with a sliding antenna for 3G connection were leaked in addition to Wi-Fi and Ethernet. However, this prototype equipment was never marketed.
Maybe Apple still doubts that mobile data is worth it. Until now, anyone who wanted to navigate beyond Wi-Fi with a MacBook had to resort to the connection provided by their mobile phone, or the use of an external adapter.
From Bloomberg, they believe Apple has already built the underlying support for Face ID into the macOS operating system, which makes it even more surprising than the Equipment compatible is not available this year. After all, it seems like a natural development.
The explanation is perhaps very simple. Facial identification is simply not suitable.
The projector tasked with throwing tiny infrared dots to read the depth of your face takes up some space, and a glance at an iPhone with Face ID shows it’s thicker than the cover of a MacBook.
This could be the bottleneck that Apple runs into, the design hurdle that makes it difficult to install Face ID on a Mac laptop.
But this only applies to laptops. What about iMacs? Sure, iMac’s new model should have a thinner screen this year, but it won’t be thinner than an iPhone. All this technology has to fit inside.
From Bloomberg, they point out that this year’s new Macs were set to get Face ID, but Apple has postponed it for the future without going into details as to why. Apple may be hoping to introduce Face ID en masse on all Macs.
The company may want to avoid having to explain why an iMac can have facial recognition, while a MacBook Pro that costs the same amount has to settle for Touch ID.
But we hope Apple acts pragmatically and doesn’t punish the iMac just because the MacBook Pro can’t adopt Face ID as part of its framework. If the iPhone can have Face ID, the iMac can certainly have it too.
It’s going to be a great year for the iMac, with a completely new and refreshed design after 17 years. And at this point, it would be strange to see the launch of the reinvented iMac without Face ID as a sign-in method.
For more forecasts for the coming months, read the article on What can we expect from Apple’s event in April from 2021.