iOS 14.5 will allow you to unlock your iPhone while wearing face mask

Apple is known for its innovations and this time it has proved it again with its latest iOS 14.5 update that will enable the user to unlock the phone via Face ID without removing the mask. However, the user will have to have an Apple Watch to use this feature.

As per a report by Joanna Stern from The Wall Street Journal, iPhone users who own an Apple Watch will be able to use this new functionality, unlike the existing scenario, where one has to either turn their face masks down or enter the passcode to unlock their iPhones that have facial recognition support. Keeping the new norm of wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, this actually comes as an important step from the Cupertino-giant as it decreases the chances of contracting the Coronavirus.

In order to use this latest feature, the user has to manually enable the Apple Watch unlocking feature on their iPhone by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Following this, the user needs to flip the key called ‘Apple Watch’ to enable unlocking via the watch.

Once the feature is enabled, the user will receive a haptic notification on the Apple Watch that will when the phone is unlocked. In order to use this feature, users need to ensure that the wrist detection feature is turned on.

Apart from this, the new update will also include other features such as app tracking transparency controls. With this feature, app developers like Facebook will have to ask for the user’s permission to “track you across apps and websites.”

Meanwhile, reports also stated that Apple is planning to add an in-display fingerprint scanner to its iPhones that will be launched in 2021. Considering the present scenario where people have to wear masks outdoors, the new touch ID will be a worthy addition to the existing system.


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