When the iMac M1 appeared during the keynote last spring, there was a consensus: the redesign is spectacular and the M1 chip is even more efficient. But a debate arose over the lack of Face ID, which most took for granted due to rumors at the time.

Now, a new report from Mark Gurman clarifies a bit what happened: Apparently Apple considered including Face ID in the iMac, but ended up excluding it due to internal company decisions. And it has done so to such a degree that Gurman said “time will tell” if Apple decides to use the technology in a Mac in the future.

You can, but we don’t know if you want

Including Face ID on iMacs is technically possible. The thickness of the computer is more than adequate (much larger than an iPhone, so the necessary sensors and camera fit in without a problem. The M1 chip in Macs is also able to support this Face ID, since it does it perfectly on the iPad Pro.

Gurman also adds evidence to its data, including source code variables such as “BioCapture” or “FaceDetect” that were present in some beta versions of macOS and were not among the iOS/iPadOS holdovers explored by the project. Catalyst.

The problem would be more in the MacBook, whose covers are too thin to include the sensors. Maybe in Cupertino they don’t want to include the technology in iMacs until it can be included in any Mac And even then the Mac Pro and Mac mini couldn’t still not transport it.

The future will tell if Face ID will end up being present on Macs, at least on some of them. Maybe it’s just a matter of technology advancing a little more, or maybe it’s the result of the logistical crisis and the lack of parts to launch the iMac on the right dates.

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