Gurman: Face ID could be on Macs, all iPhones and iPads within a 'couple of years'

How to use Face ID on the iPhone X
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What you need to know

  • Apple could bring Face ID to all iPhones, iPads, and even Macs within the next 'couple of years' according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.
  • Face ID is only available on iPad Pro and mid-range and above iPhones.

Apple ultimately wants to bring Face ID to all iPhones and iPads as well as its Mac lineup, according to a new report. Apple currently only offers Face ID on its mid-range and high-end iPhones as well as the iPad Pro lineup.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman via his Power On newsletter, Apple intends to bring Face ID to all devices once it's possible to do. It's thought that Apple's main reason for not doing so right now is the simple issue of cost and physics. Putting face ID into some devices would make them too costly, while displays like those of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are too thin for current Face ID technology.

That's likely to change in the future, however.

It won't happen this year, but I'd bet Face ID on the Mac is coming within a couple of years. I expect all iPhones and iPads to transition to Face ID within that timeframe, too. Eventually, a camera embedded in the screen would help differentiate Apple's pricier devices by eliminating the notch at the top. The facial recognition sensor gives Apple two central features: security and augmented reality. Touch ID, more convenient or not, only provides the former.

It's far too seen for any of this to make its way into this year's upcoming products and that's likely to be the case next year, too. But there's little doubt that Apple wants Face ID to be everywhere eventually, it just needs the time and the expertise needed to do it.

For now, all eyes are on this year's iPhone 13 launch. It's set to be similar to the outgoing iPhone 12 in many ways, although a new smaller notch and 120Hz screen are thought to be in the cards.

An imminent iPhone update also means you can find some great iPhone deals on some outgoing models, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.