Apple makes it easier to unlock your iPhone when wearing a mask

Not being able to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask can be pretty annoying, so Apple is making it easier to unlock your iPhone when your face is covered.

Apple Face ID logo
Apple’s Face ID logo
(Source: Apple Inc.)
Daniel Howley for Yahoo Finance:

Apple certainly couldn’t have predicted that its face scanning technology, first introduced in 2017, would meet its Achilles’ heel in the form of a blue surgical mask, but here we are. I frequently find myself having to unlock my phone using my passcode while wearing a mask at the grocery store to check my list. And chances are, you’ve had to do the same to comply with mask regulations in your area.

Thankfully, the tech giant has a solution coming to iOS. There’s just one caveat. In order for you to take advantage of Apple’s Face ID fix, you’ll also need an Apple Watch.

It’s important to note that Apple’s face mask bypass is part of a public beta, meaning it’s not quite ready for prime time… If you’d rather err on the side of caution, you likely won’t have to wait much longer for those updates to become available… [Once] you’re set up, pop your mask on and swipe up on your phone to unlock it. Your watch will vibrate, telling you that you’ve successfully unlocked your phone. And that’s that.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another reason to get an Apple Watch if you’re not one of the 100+ million around the world who are already wearing one!


  1. Hmm. It’s a shame Apple doesn’t have some other biometric technology that doesn’t rely on face recognition to unlock your phone. Oh, wait, they do! It’s called TouchID…

    Why does it have to be one or the other, Apple? Cool that you can use an Apple Watch to unlock your phone… unless you work in a place where you aren’t allowed to wear a ‘net-connected device, so there’s no point in buying one…

    1. Most people want the largest possible screen within the smallest possible phone… slim bezels. It is gonna be Face ID until underscreen fingerprint scanner is ready. For now, we don’t get to have both.

  2. I BET! M D N do not use or own Apple Watches. Don’t ask how or why, I just know. And what a ridiculous (week old)article, there’s just one caveat…

    Fuck off.

    1. That would certainly keep those who refuse to wear COVID masks from spreading the virus. I have already suggested that climate-change deniers could prove their point by going to the beach and standing for ten minutes with their nostrils at the 1921 sea level. None of them have taken me up on it. Perhaps the plastic bag challenge will be more popular.

      1. Your comments are insensitive, bulling and you call for self murder. Many people suffer the pain and loss of friends and family that have committed suicide. You should be ashamed and canceled from all public communication.

        1. Auto-response, you miss my point: the Covid-19 deniers deny that breathing safe air is desirable. The climate deniers deny that sea levels are rising. They are lying, and the proof that they know they are lying is that they refuse to take simple steps that would be perfectly safe if they were telling the truth. “Many people suffer the pain and loss of friends and family” among the 485,000 victims of the virus, many of whom would not have died but for the recklessness of the deniers and their governmental supporters.

          1. Liberal Liars like you are RUINING this country with your biased, trumped up faulty science that has been debunked, but not widely reported by the BIASED MEDIA in bed with Democrats. Just stuff it PREACHING sanctimonious bleeding heart…

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