Apple’s iOS 13.5 update will make it easier for users to unlock their iPhones while wearing a protective mask
- An update in iOS 13.5 makes it easier to unlock an iPhone with a mask on it
- It directs users wearing protective masks directly to a password screen
- Currently, Face ID has to fail repeatedly before requesting a password
- The update can help people avoid removing masks
A new feature in an upcoming iOS update will make it easier for users to unlock their iPhones while wearing a mask.
As noted by a TechCrunch Reporting videos shared on Twitter show an updated unlocking process in iOS 13.5 that directs users directly to the secondary manual passcode when Face ID detects they are wearing a mask.
This saves users the effort of trying not to unlock their device with Face ID and can also help prevent unsafe practices.
Theoretically, the new feature helps some to avoid potentially unsafe situations where people might be tempted to remove their masks to unlock their device.
Currently, users are forced to wait for Face ID not to verify their biometrics and are then asked to enter a six-digit passcode to unlock their device.
It’s unclear whether the new feature will actually roll out with the release of iOS 13.5 or whether it will make it into later updates.
Aside from the new Face ID feature, Apple will roll out technology designed to support an incoming batch of COVID-19 tracking apps.
According to a report form The edgeAfter a testing phase begins this week, the companies plan to release an initial version of an application programming interface (API) to some developers working for public health authorities in the coming weeks.
These APIs allow apps developed by agencies to communicate with Google and Apple databases to retrieve things like Bluetooth information from people’s smartphones.
Apple releases an API for developers who design apps that let people know if they came in contact with a person wearing COVID-19 (stock)
Especially that Apps could alert public health authorities to people who may have been exposed and to quarantine or test people.
Companies are expected to release their APIs on a larger scale by the middle of next month, according to The Verge.