The idea of adding facial recognition technology to laptops, and Macs in particular makes a lot of sense, especially seeing as though virtually every modern day laptop comes with a built in webcam. Apple has already implemented its Touch ID to their Macs, so the next evolution in hardware security would be to upgrade to its proven Face ID technology.
If a recently discovered patent by Apple World is anything to go by, this is exactly what Apple plan on doing in the future. According to the patent, “In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally identifies a person’s face, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the identification.”
The patent then goes on to suggest that the face ID technology could be used to do more than just unlock your laptop. It suggests that the technology will keep track of your eye movements and perform tasks based on that. “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,” said the patent.
If Apple do indeed implement this technology into the next generation of its laptops, it could end up proving to be beneficial for those who are handicapped. With a simple glance they could be able to open or close certain applications or perform different tasks.