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iOS 13.5 could make it faster for users to log in to their iPhones with their masks on (Updated!)

By Kenny Yeo - on 30 Apr 2020, 10:38am

iOS 13.5 could make it faster for users to log in to their iPhones with their masks on (Updated!)

Updated on 30 Apr 2020: An hour or so after publishing, Apple has announced that the public beta of iOS 13.5, which includes this new feature, is available. To try, sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program here.

(image source: Macrumors)

Face ID has always been super fast and reliable, but it has an Achilles Heel and that's masks.

Face ID doesn't work when the face is obscured by a mask. And the system doesn't allow users to add alternative appearances with masks on either.

There are some workarounds which involve resetting Face ID and setting up a new appearance with half of your face covered by a mask, but this method doesn't have a 100% success rate.

As a result, owners of Face ID iPhones have to wait a couple of seconds before the iPhone realises you have a mask on and asks for your passcode.

Fortunately, that could soon change in iOS 13.5.

Reports say that in a beta of iOS 13.5, Apple has reduced the time needed for the iPhone to ask for your passcode when Face ID fails to work.

It says:

Speedier access to the passcode interface is noticeable when you swipe upwards on the Home screen when unlocking the ‌iPhone‌, as this action now immediately brings up the passcode interface if your face is covered by a mask.

Ideally, I would like to be able to add a second appearance with a mask on but I guess Apple still hasn't figured out a way to make it safe and reliable. This will have to do for now.

The report further adds that a public release of the iOS 13.5 beta should be available to the public in the next few weeks.

Source:   Macrumors