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Apple’s latest update allows phones to be unlocked with masks on

The iOS 15.4 update includes SharePlay on Facetime and 37 brand new emoji characters

Harshiyne Maran

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Published: 17 March 2022, 2:33 PM

In the latest iOS update, Apple has tackled a very irritable inconvenience most are facing during this pandemic – having to pull your mask down for Face ID.

Since the pandemic began, the requirement to wear a face mask in public areas meant that users have been unable to unlock their phones quickly using Face ID. It has become a common gripe amongst most Apple users. 

The iOS 15.4 update, announced on Mar 14, will enable Face ID to function even with a mask on. The feature analyses the unique characteristics around a user’s eyes to verify their identity. 

To activate this, the user has to open the Settings app, and then tap Face ID & Passcode. Then, proceed to scroll down until they see Face ID with a Mask and turn it on. 

There is also an additional setting that allows users to be recognised while wearing glasses and a face mask. After tapping into Face ID & Passcode, scroll down and tap Add Glasses. Then, proceed to follow the instructions that flash on screen. 

However, there are some limitations to the feature. 

The feature does not detect sunglasses and requires a separate registration for each pair of glasses you own. It is also only available on the newer models such as the iPhone 12‌‌ and 13 series including the Mini, Pro, and Pro Max versions. 

Other features to look forward to in this update include SharePlay, which allows for content to be shared during a Facetime call and 37 fresh emoji characters to choose from. 

Newly added emojis include a melting face, heart hands, person with crown, person biting lip, pointing finger and many others.

An extensive list of features can be found here.

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