Apple makes it easier for mask-wearers to unlock their iPhones

Apple makes it easier for mask-wearers to unlock their iPhones

Apple makes it easier for mask-wearers to unlock their iPhones

In addition to the Face ID changes, Apple is also modifying FaceTime video calls to allow users to disable the feature where the active speaker grows larger in the asymmetric grid, in the event a static grid of faces is preferable for video calls with many people talking after one another.

In case you missed it, there are other alternatives to "hack" Face ID to work with a face mask on.

New Face ID feature aside, Apple will begin rolling out technology created to support an incoming batch of COVID-19 tracking apps. In what is a prime example of a First World Problem, if you own an iPhone, you're probably having trouble unlocking it via facial ID.

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 13.5, bringing a minor change into this behavior of Face ID.

Unlocking your iPhone while wearing a protective mask might get a little quicker in iOS 13.5.

This takes about 15 or more seconds, keeping the user from accessing the option to enter their passcode and unlock manually.

The delay is not just frustrating but may also force people to remove their masks for seamless unlocking. To make your passcode easier to enter (helpful when hauling groceries home) you can visit the Settings app, select Face ID & Passcode, and enter a new, shorter password.

If you are not wearing a mask, the behavior of your iPhone's lock screen will remain unchanged and it will continue to authenticate you via Face ID as usual.

The tool set is a combination of software updates for iOS and Android, and software development kits to help developers build and test their apps.

Since the update is now in its beta stages, it could take some time for a wider release.

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