Upcoming MacBooks could finally get this oft-requested feature

MacBook Pro 13 (2020, M1)
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With the recent release of the new MacBook Air, Pro, and Mac mini featuring Apple's new M1 processor many have been scouring for information on what will be coming next. A recent patent filing from Apple suggests that one long-awaited iPhone feature may soon be coming to Mac. 

The patent filing revealed by Apple World Today, suggests that Apple will be bringing Face ID to Mac shortly. Which makes sense, being that there are webcams on the MacBooks and facial recognition is now becoming popular in competitor's recent laptop offerings. 

The filings state "In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally identifies a person’s face, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the identification.” They also mention “In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines a gaze location in a user interface, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the determination.”

This implies a user would be able to interact with their MacBook simply by using their eyes. This would be a huge development, especially for the handicapped as they would be able to navigate their MacBooks, launch, and use applications simply with their eyes. 

Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.