Face ID could replace Touch ID on all Apple devices within two years
Apple may well end up replacing Touch ID entirely with FaceID across all of its devices. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said this transition won’t take more than two years. Even Macs could be eligible, despite some technological challenges to overcome.
On most iPhones, Face ID has now taken the place of Touch ID when unlocking, completely replacing the password since iOS 15. Considered safer and more efficient by Apple, the firm seems to have made its choice on its smartphones. For the iPad, the transition is not yet complete, some models such as the standard and Mini still having the Home button. According to journalist Mark Gurman, the manufacturer nevertheless plans to upgrade to 100% Face ID shortly.
More precisely, he states that it will not take no more than 2 years to the latter to integrate the technology into all of its devices. “It won’t happen this year, but I’ll bet Face ID on Macs will happen in the next two years”, he wrote in a newsletter. “I also think all iPhones and iPads will transition to Face ID within the same time frame.”. A project that may seem very ambitious in view technological challenges that it represents, but yet not necessarily impossible.
Face ID on all Apple devices within 2 years?
For now, Touch ID remains less expensive than its rival, which explains its integration on all Apple products. However, several clues suggest Apple’s desire to replace it with Face ID. Earlier this year, Ming-Chi Kuo notably said the firm is preparing iPhones with a Face ID sensor under the screen for 2023.
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“Finally, an on-screen camera could help differentiate more expensive Apple devices by removing the notch at the top of the screen,” says Mark Gurman. “The facial recognition sensor gives Apple two central functions: security and augmented reality. Touch ID, more practical or not, only provides security. “
The journalist is not mistaken. Usually, Apple tends to integrate its new technologies from the top of its ranges. Still, adding Face ID to some Macs is very complicated. If the company has apparently managed to reduce the size of the notch on the iPhone 13 by 50%, the very thin screens of its computers could be a problem.