Apple is testing a new feature on the iOS mobile operating system that allows iPhone smartphones to be unlocked using an Apple Watch if the user is wearing a mask. At the moment, the feature is only available in the fresh beta version of iOS 14.5. It will appear in the public domain with the release of the next public version of the operating system.
Currently, to unlock iPhone smartphones, you need to either enter an authorization code or remove the mask so that Face ID sensors can read the user’s biometric data. With the new version of iOS, the smartphone will automatically unlock if Face ID detects a mask on the face, and the unlocked Apple Watch is on the wrist. True, for this, the function must be enabled in the device settings.
It only allows you to unlock your smartphone, and does not work for purchases – for this you will still need to enter an authorization code. In a similar way, the feature already works with Mac computers, which also automatically unlock if the user wears an Apple Watch on their wrist.
To be able to use unlocking your iPhone with your Apple Watch, you will need:
- Download the latest beta version of iOS 14.5 (developer profile required);
- Availability of iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max;
- An Apple Watch 3 or later smartwatch.
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