Apple wants Face ID to replace Touch ID on all of its devices and computers. The user authentication system will therefore reach Macs but also the most basic iPhone and iPad models. And it will do so over the next couple of years, bringing new design to devices where it’s needed.

Face ID for all devices

The new edition of Mark Gurman’s newsletter offers a quick overview of Apple’s plans with Face ID and Touch ID. The company appears to be aiming to integrate the facial authentication system into all of its products, including entry-level Macs and iPhones and iPads. This would mean that devices that currently use Touch ID would have Face ID.

Obviously, the design of many of them should change. Thus, the iPhone SE is the only terminal still sold with a Home button and Touch ID. Incorporating Face ID would mean adding an all-screen design, with its signature notch at the top to house the system. There are already rumors that a new iPhone SE will be placed in 2022, although it will not be the model with Face ID, so we will have to wait longer.

As for the iPad, only the normal iPad and the mini have a Home button and Touch ID. A redesign would remove the bezels and make it more like the iPad Pro, while the iPad Air would also have to incorporate Face ID. Of course, in this model the change would be less dramatic, since Touch ID is on a side button and already has collapsed bezels.

As for the Mac, the new iMac 2021 has brought its long-awaited redesign but without Face ID. According to Gurman, its incorporation was expected for this model, but it was ultimately postponed until a later date. Portable Macs pose a tall order, as their screen thickness is quite thin.

As for the iPhone already equipped with the system, the journalist hopes that Apple will be able to integrate Face ID within the screen. Thus, all traces of the notch would be eliminated and it would differentiate with the entry-level iPhone.

Face ID as superior system to Touch ID

With the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple introduced a new user authentication system. As is known, instead of using the fingerprint, the user just needs to register a model of their face on the iPhone so that they can unlock it with their face. A more secure, advanced and comfortable system than the previous one.

With the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of face masks, Face ID has found its Achilles heel. Apple fixed this issue with iOS 14.5, which allowed iPhone to be unlocked with an Apple Watch. This is the reason why a group of users still consider Touch ID to be a valid system so many years later.

However, according to Mark Gurman, Apple seems to be clear that Face ID is the system to develop and expand in the future. Despite the fact that many rumors claim that Touch ID will be integrated under the screen, or even rolled out with the iPhone 14 in 2022. It seems that at this moment there are contradictions between the rumors, which will only be resolved. with time.