The notch, which made its debut in 2017 and was much debated later, also appeared on this year’s MacBook Pro, although – unlike the iPhones – its presence is less explained, mainly because FaceID isn’t on the device and probably won’t be for a while.
Introduced this fall, the MacBook Pro was a big surprise to discover a much-criticized element, the sensor island that houses the sensors. This particular “notch” came out in 2017 as part of the iPhone X and hid FaceID, the face recognition system.
However, the MacBook Pro doesn’t have such biometric identification. The notch hides standard sensors and front-facing cameras – another issue that some PC makers have already found is a much more aesthetic solution.
A journalist for The Wall Street Journal, on the other hand, was wondering why if there is already such a sensor island and Apple owns the technology, then why is there no face recognition on the MacBook Pro. The answer was provided by Tom Boger, one of Apple’s most competent vice presidents responsible for marketing Mac and iPad products.
The explanation is straightforward: there is no point in face recognition if fingerprint identification is available on the device. And the latter makes a lot more sense since the hands are already on the keyboard anyway so that you can unlock the device in a matter of seconds. For our part, we still believe facial recognition would be faster and easier, but for now, we need to care about Apple’s response.
Asked why the computer doesn’t have a touch screen, Apple’s vice president of hardware development, John Ternus, answered. “We are currently making the best touchscreen computer in the world, the iPad. This tool is completely optimized for this. Macet, on the other hand, is optimized for direct input. We didn’t feel the reason to change that. “(Maybe Apple doesn’t want to influence iPad sales in any way?)
Nonetheless, according to TechRadar, the response to the lack of a touch screen also seems logical. Touchscreen input is already available on quite a few Windows computers, and it doesn’t make much sense – at least if you don’t use a device like Surface Pro 8 that can do the job as a tablet.
Apple’s tablet-laptop hybrid is, of course, the iPad, and it’s fair if users who want this touch input (and Apple Pencil support) are more likely to steer in that direction. And there’s plenty to choose from, from entry-level iPads to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Face ID seems to make a lot more sense for an iMac or a MacBook Pro. Apple has updated the webcams on its latest models and even, as mentioned, added a notch for the MacBook Pro.
Plus, Apple knows the technology closely from its iPhone devices, and Windows Hello has proven how fast and convenient sign-in with face recognition is. So we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple changed its current position on this issue, although rumors say it will take a few more years to do so.