Apple has released a software update that allows iPhone users to unlock their devices while wearing face masks. The new update, iOS 15.4, released Monday also brings a host of other features to existing iPhones.
in one statementApple said the new feature, which allows users to unlock their iPhones with Face ID while wearing masks, will be exclusive to iOS 15.4 and only on iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro is available and 13 ProMax.
Once the device is updated, users will see the option to use Face ID with a mask on the welcome screen, the statement said.
Other improvements in the update include security prompts during AirTag setup, a new Siri voice, and the ability to answer time and date questions offline.
Tap to pay on iPhone, a service that allows users to accept credit cards through Apple Pay; Universal Control, a feature that allows users to drag and drop files between an iPad and a Mac; the ability to scan text directly to a file in the Notes app; and additional SharePlay integration that allows users to quickly share songs and other content via FaceTime are other features included in the update.
Enabling facial recognition technology to work with face masks is something users have been anticipating since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020.
Apple has tried to address the concerns by offering a faster way to unlock Face ID-equipped devices using passcodes while wearing face masks. In fact, the option to unlock Face ID with an Apple Watch was also enabled last year.
In addition to iOS 15.4, Apple brings iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3. The new software releases include Universal Control, which allows users to control iPad and Mac simultaneously with a single keyboard and mouse.