Face ID had a great idea — until large swathes of the world had forced to wear face masks, rendering it largely useless.
Apple has apparently heard our pain. Apple released beta iPhone software that makes it easier to unlock your iPhone without using FaceID and while wearing mask.
Users are reporting a subtle new feature in the latest developer version of iOS 13.5
that will make it easier to unlock your iPhone without having to take off your protective face mask.
According to details, Apple devices with FaceID will jump to the backup passcode-entry screen if it detects a mask.
That’s not only helpful if you’re unlocking your phone dozens of times a day
— which we all do — but it’s also helping to keep people safe by not forcing users to take off their masks,
potentially exposing themselves to the virus.
It’s not known if this feature will land in the final version of the software update.
But one feature that will included for sure is new contact tracing API, built by Apple and Google in partnership,
which lets national health authorities build apps that can help users privately
and anonymously find out if they’ve been exposed to someone with coronavirus.
Since this is still a beta, it may few more weeks until a final version launches with the feature enabled.