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Toys Apple’s New iPhone Update Will Make it Easier to Unlock Your Phone While Wearing a Face Mask

Apple’s New iPhone Update Will Make it Easier to Unlock Your Phone While Wearing a Face Mask

Students, wearing facemasks amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, work in a coffee shop in Bangkok on March 3, 2020. - The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on March 3 but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)
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By AFP
May 05, 2020
You won't have to take off your mask to unlock your iPhone

A recently released beta version of iOS 13 allows users who have Face ID enabled to unlock their iPhone more quickly without having to take off their mask or change their security settings. Apple released the latest version of iOS 13—OS 13.5 beta—to developers last week, revealing that iPhone owner will soon be able to unlock their Face ID-enabled device without having to remove their protective face masks.

Instead of the device continuously attempting to unlock the phone biometrically, the phone will automatically prompt a user to instead manually input a passcode. 

The change is expected to receive a warm welcome from those with an iPhone sans home button who are out and about in a facemask protecting themselves from Covid-19—especially when performing activities like making mobile payments at stores. 

(Related: How to Clean Your Smartphone, Tablet and Laptop to Protect Yourself From Covid-19)

A customer uses the face recognition function on the 10th anniversary iPhone X in an Apple store in Hong Kong on November 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE
(Image: Anthony Wallace/AFP)

There's no need to go into the device's settings to change the owner authentication method from biometric to the less secure password option.

In addition to this update, iOS 13.5 beta 3 gives users the option to disable how Facetime would enlarge the image of the person speaking, a feature that was less than ideal for large groups of people.

As these updates are still in beta, they're not expected to be available to the public for at least a few weeks.

(Related: Work Smart From Your Home Office With These Useful iPhone Productivity Tips)

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