My last Mac ever might be sitting on my desk now. Why? How? Face ID. The Mac needs, no, demands Face ID, Apple’s latest marriage of convenience and security. First it was a password that had to be remembered and used to unlock an iPhone or Mac or iPad. Passwords are so cumbersome that people would use easy to remember– and easy to guess– passwords, or no passwords at all.
That’s just wrong. Apple’s Touch ID married convenience to security, but kept the password around; just in case. Face ID derailed Touch ID because it is more convenient, works better, and once you try it on a screaming fast new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR, you don’t know what you’re missing.
More convenience met more security.
Meanwhile, word on the streets is that Apple will put Face ID into upcoming iPad Pro models, and perhaps into entry-level iPads of the future. What about the Mac? My MacBook Pro has Touch ID and I like it. What I want is a Mac with Face ID. With the exception of the Mac Pro and Mac mini, both of which are headless, there is no excuse for not having Face ID on a Mac.
Much of my work day is divided between a desktop iMac and the aforementioned MacBook Pro with Touch ID. The iMac requires a password to log in. That’s OK, but it’s so 1999. Passwords can be guessed. My face cannot. Passwords can be pilfered. My face cannot.
Touch ID on the MacBook Pro works because Apple saw the future and it is a marriage of convenience and security. Touch ID is very good. Most of the time it just works. With Face ID on the iPhone Xs Max (and, assumably, other iPhone X models) it works with screaming speed, fewer misses in iOS 12.x, and almost makes better security an afterthought. Swipe up and the screen comes on.
What does the Mac need to get Face ID? All the technical goodness in the iPhone X’s Notch but without the Notch itself. A Mac’s display, like the iPad Pro models which feature Face ID, is perfectly made for facial recognition.
Sit down and the Mac unlocks. Stand up and walk away, and the Mac locks up again.
There is nothing to not like about how Apple has advanced the state of the art in convenience and security with Touch ID and Face ID simply raises the bar.
I’m in the market for a new desktop Mac, and my eyes are squarely on the iMac Pro, thanks to it being far less expensive than an original $2,495 Mac from 1984 in 2018 dollars. But I’ve decided to hold off any new purchase until Apple has Face ID on the Mac.