A new patent filed by Apple with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was revealed today, which shows that Apple is planning to bring the Face ID technique currently used on the iPhone to the MacBook product line.
The patent describes in detail how Apple intends to implement the Face ID feature that Apple wants to achieve on a device with a compact and limited internal space such as a MacBook.
The patent shows a sensor that is integrated above the Mac to emit light. The sensor identifies the user by projecting light onto the user and then receiving the reflected light from the user.
“By performing these complex functions, sensitive data associated with these users may be gathered and/or stored by these computing devices,” says Apple. “To prevent unauthorized users from accessing this sensitive data, these computing devices may incorporate systems and mechanisms for authenticating users. Due to the amount of limited space available with internal cavities of these computing devices, these authentication schemes should be compact (or have thin profiles) without sacrificing accuracy of user recognition.”