Releasing the first iOS 14.5 developer beta, we are now learning that the iOS version will feature an update that allows users to unlock iPhones with Face ID despite wearing a mask. Becoming a minor nuisance as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Apple has figured out a workaround that involves the Apple Watch.
Working in unison with an unlocked wrist device, looking at an iPhone while wearing a mask will unlock the lower facial recognition accuracy Face ID with a haptic buzz to the Apple Watch when enabled. Additionally, an authenticated Apple Watch can also be used to lock an iPhone remotely. Unfortunately limited to the workaround at the moment, users without the Apple wrist device will need to rely on the faster passcode input prompt introduced last May.
It is also important to note that Apple has been rumored to be testing optical in-display fingerprint sensors that could be a major part of upcoming designs of the flagship smartphone line.
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