Majority iPhone and iPad models enable you to unlock the device with your face using the Face ID feature, while you still need to type a password to unlock your Mac or use your fingerprint with Touch ID based on the model of Mac you have. This is likely to change in the near future.
Unlocking the latest iPhone or an iPad model involves using the Face ID feature, which regrettably has been absent on Macs until now. In other words, you would need to manually type your password to unlock a Mac, but there are some models that can be unlocked using your fingerprint with Touch ID.
A recently discovered beta of macOS Big Sur by 9to5Mac hint at an imminent arrival of Face ID on Macs, but details about when that would come to fruition are still scarce. The code found in the beta refers to Apple’s codename for the TrueDepth camera, according to 9to5Mac, a website that specializes in news and reviews for Apple products.
The TrueDepth camera facilitates Face ID in devices that support the feature. The Face ID is available on several devices including iPhone 11, iPad Pro, but still not available on Mac. The code allegedly comprises snippets that mention terms such as FaceDetect and BioCapture, which hint at some sort of biometric facial recognition. If new models of Macs adopt the facial recognition technology, there is a possibility it could be used for unlocking the device and with augmented reality apps that map users’ faces. Face ID on the Mac would particularly prove to be useful for those using the next version of Safari, which is slated to ship with iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, as the latest model will enable you to log into websites without having to type a password and using just Touch ID or Face ID, provided the websites support the feature.