Joanna Stern from The Wall Street Journal’s had interviewed Apple executives about the missing features on the Mac, particularly Face ID and touchscreen technology – the latter has actually been discussed for over a decade.
Face ID first made its debut to the iPhone X and made its way on the iPad Pro a year later. While the current flagship iPhones and iPads have featured this technology for years, it has yet to appear on a Mac. The latest MacBook Pros announced last week actually featured a notch that actually doesn’t house the Face ID sensors. Tom Boger, Apple’s Vice President of iPad and Mac product market, has explained why Touch ID is more convenient on the Mac. When the user opens up their MacBook, their hands would already be on the keyboard, and the Touch ID sensor is very easy to locate since it’s at the top-right corner.
Ben Lovejoy from 9to5Mac actually wrote an article on why the MacBook Pro notch doesn’t feature Face ID. Apple would need to consider implementing Face ID in order to make the following everyday activities work: waking up your Mac and authenticating purchases.
Another controversial feature that’s missing on the Mac is touchscreen technology. The iPhones and iPads have had that technology, but this isn’t the first time that this topic was discussed. John Ternus has stated that touch input has already been well optimized on the iPad and the mouse/trackpad input is better optimized on the Mac. Back in October 2010’s “Back to the Mac” keynote, Steve Jobs noted that touchscreens on Mac would give great demo, but it would result in fatigued arms and terrible ergonomics. Therefore, touch surfaces have to be horizontal for better ergonomics and overall user experience.
Ternus and Boger also discussed about the non-user upgradeable RAM found in Macs with Apple Silicon. While it may sound like a con, the “unified memory architecture” found in Apple Silicon allows for much more optimized performance. Boger also made it clear that Apple is “always listening to its customers” after Apple went back to the drawing board with the new design for the MacBook Pro. This meant bringing back the other ports as well as the physical function keys.