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Apple Suddenly Reveals iOS 13.5: Unlock Your iPhone While Wearing A Mask

A couple of days ago, I wrote how Apple could bring back Touch ID with the iPhone 12, making it easier to open your device while wearing a face mask. Now, it looks like that problem might be solved in just a few weeks with the launch of iOS 13.5.

Released April 29, the iOS 13.5 beta has improved the speed at which your passcode will come up as an option when your iPhone detects you are wearing a face mask.

Detailed by the reliable MacRumors, it’s now apparently much quicker to access the passcode interface when you swipe up on the Home screen when unlocking the iPhone because it detects the mask is covering your face.

In contrast, your iPhone currently tries to use Face ID to authenticate you first, creating a delay before the passcode interface is shown.
It’s an impressive move by Apple, which has acted quickly to address concerns already raised by many iPhone users across the globe. As lockdowns continue, and some countries mandate that people wear masks every time they leave their homes, opening smartphones has become a challenge.
As a form of authentication, Face ID is a secure and convenient way to unlock your phone. But let’s be honest, in these COVID-19 impacted times, it just doesn’t work.

Sure, people aren’t out as often, and you aren’t likely to be simply browsing on your phone. But you might need to pay for groceries, and unlocking your phone to do that had started to become a drag.

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