Universal Control is not the only new feature of iOS 15.4 that many users have been waiting for. With this version of the system comes Face ID with maskwhich should make iPhone use more bearable as long as the remaining restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic last.
What is Face ID and what is it for with a mask?
Face ID with a mask allows us unlock iPhone using Face ID even if we wear the mask, even without having an Apple Watch which serves as an additional security measure to achieve this. The unclogging is obtained thanks to a more exhaustive reading of the eye contour of our face.
Apple itself warns that Face ID results are better without a mask, but it offers this measure to make our daily lives more comfortable while wearing a mask. Until now we could only achieve this when we had an Apple Watch, and now those who do not wear this watch too they avoid having to constantly type their lock code. All thanks to iOS 15.4 and its incorporation of unlocking with a mask.
What software and hardware requirements does Face ID with a mask need?
Face ID only works on iPhone 12 and later, so it cannot be used on iPhone X, XS and 11 even if they use Face ID. It also does not work on any model of iPad with Face ID, it is reserved only for iPhone since it is the device that we unlock the most in places where we must wear a mask.
We will also need to have installed iOS 15.4it’s not worth having a previous version of iOS 15. The update is completely free.
How Face ID works with a mask and what we need to configure
The option to be able to activate Face ID with a mask is in the “Face ID & Passcode” section of the Settings app. If you turn it on, the iPhone will have to scan your face again, asking you to remove your glasses at some point to do a better scan of your eyes (if you wear glasses, of course).
For the same reason, Face ID with a mask it will not work if you wear sunglasses. Unlocking depends entirely on your eye area, and if you cover them, you’ve pretty much covered your entire face.
What we get with Face ID with a mask
As I said before, this function it’s mostly for comfort. All iPhone owners who don’t use Apple Watch have been relegated to manually unlocking the iPhone using the unlock code, but with this they can go back to using Face ID even while wearing a mask.
we have been a while test this feature, since it was announced in a beta of iOS 15.4 And it must be said that unlocking Face ID with a mask is instantaneous in our tests. Users will find it very useful, avoiding constantly entering their unlock code on iPhone.
Given Face ID without a mask is more accurate and secure, I wouldn’t be surprised if this feature eventually disappears from iPhones once the mask is no longer an everyday item. Or maybe it persists, thinking of factory and hospital workers who use it throughout their shifts.
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