Apple is found to possess a replacement feature within the pipeline which will make it easier to unlock your Face ID-supporting iPhone even while wearing a mask. The new change, which users have spotted within the newest developer beta version of iOS 13.5, essentially skips the Face ID functionality and allows you to enter your passcode directly if you’ve got a mask on your face. it’s useful especially within the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has brought many changes to our lives, and one among those is that the general practice of wearing face masks while stepping out of homes.
By default, the iPhone X and later models use Face ID for authentication, supported the facial data it gets from the TrueDepth camera. Users also, however, have the choice to swipe up the screen and enter their passcode. But within the latest iOS 13.5 developer beta build, Apple has enabled the system to leap on to the passcode-entry screen if Face ID detects a mask — or any similar object on your face. This skips the default Face ID screen also because of the “Swipe up to unlock” option.
Users including Robert Petersen have posted screenshots on Twitter to offer a glimpse at the new addition.
Limited to developers initially
Initially, the feature is provided only to developers through the newest iOS 13.5 beta version. It is, however, expected that Apple would bring it to the general public within the coming days.
The fresh change is welcomed by many users because it allows people to unlock their iPhones without removing their masks. Some tricked solutions existed within the past to coach Face ID to unlock an iPhone with a mask. However, Apple hasn’t yet provided a native option. it’s also, of course, not recommended to use an unofficial way for unlocking because it may eventually put your precious data in danger.
Having said that, the subtle change added to the developer beta still requires users to enter their passcode.