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2020-05-01

Apple will make unlocking your iPhone easier, while wearing a face mask

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Apple will be releasing a new iPhone update soon, which will make it easier to quickly enter your passcode in cases where Face ID may not work. That should speed up the process of unlocking your phone at times when it is hard for your phone to recognize you, for instance when wearing a protective face mask or in dark scenarios.

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When the update rolls out, those using an iPhone that supports Face ID can access the passcode field by swiping up from the lock screen at the bottom.

That's a bit different from the way the unlock process works at the moment. If you have Face ID turned on, your iPhone will first attempt to identify your face before presenting the passcode entry option, resulting in a slight delay.

This new feature will also work when authenticating purchases via Face ID, or when using apps that support verification of Apple's facial recognition system.

Face ID is available on iPhones which have been launched in recent years without home buttons. These include the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Face ID works by projecting 30,000 invisible dots over your face to create a depth map, meaning that every time you try to unlock your phone, you're looking for areas like your nose and mouth.

The latest update comes after some iPhone owners on Twitter have raised the issue of not working Face ID while wearing a protective face mask.

Face ID is available on iPhones which have been launched in recent years without home buttons. These include the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Face ID works by projecting 30,000 invisible dots over your face to create a depth map, meaning that every time you try to unlock your phone, you're looking for areas like your nose and mouth.

The latest update comes after some iPhone owners on Twitter have raised the issue of not working Face ID while wearing a protective face mask.

Updating the software will also bring another important change. Also included in the update will be the first version of the tools that public health authorities will need to create COVID-19 exposure notifications for the iPhone before the final edition launches in mid-May. The creation of a contact tracing system that works through smartphones is part of a coordinated effort with Google.

Apple is also updating FaceTime, which allows users to control whether the tiles change size automatically whenever a call participant speaks.