Apple Executives Explain Why There’s No FaceID, Touchscreen in MacBooks

Apple executives also revealed that water-resistant MacBooks is “not on many people’s list”

Apple launched the new MacBook Pro last month in India and other international markets. The new MacBooks comes with Apple’s most powerful chips called the M1 Pro and M1 Max. The new chips bring with them significant performance and efficiency claims. Alongside, the new Apple laptops also got a major redesign with the return of the SD card slot and HDMI port. Apple also shrunk the bezels around the display and introduced a notch. One might think that this notch also houses the Face ID setup but that is not the case. When asked by Wall Street Journal (via 9to5Mac), Apple executives explained the reasons for not including Face ID to the Macs.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro continues to feature Touch ID and the top right corner of the top case. Tom Boger, Apple’s vice president of iPad and Mac product marketing, believes that Touch ID is “more convenient on a laptop since your hands are already on the keyboard.” While that response (and logic) might be fair to some extent, one could argue that something like Face ID (or Windows Hello, for that matter) is even more convenient as the screen is also right in front of the user’s face.

MacBooks not getting touch support anytime soon

The publication also asked Apple the reason for not including touch support on the Macs. John Ternus, Apple’s senior VP of hardware engineering, said that a touch-enabled Mac was never in Apple’s mind. “We make the world’s best touch computer on an iPad. It’s totally optimised for that. And the Mac is totally optimised for indirect input. We haven’t really felt a reason to change that,” he said. So in case you are waiting for that one Mac machine with touch-screen support, you are likely to be disappointed.

The executives further revealed that water-resistant MacBooks is “not on many people’s list” and that users are unlikely to get the option to upgrade the hardware post-purchase due to Mac’s unified memory architecture.

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