Apple update lets Face ID users unlock iPhones while wearing mask


Apple is set to unveil an iPhone update for the pandemic era in the coming weeks, debuting a feature that will allow users of its Face ID feature to unlock their phones while wearing a mask.

The tech giant’s next iOS software update will tweak Apple’s Face ID feature to recognize users without them having to pull down their masks.

The iOS 15.4 update with the changes to Face ID is currently in beta form and is expected to receive a wide rollout by mid-March, according to Bloomberg. The unlock feature will be available to iPhone and iPad users.

The update will provide a quality-of-life improvement for Apple users, who will have to “opt in” to make use of the feature. The feature notes that iPhone recognizes “the unique features around the eye area to authenticate” the user’s identity.