Jan 27, 2022 - Technology

Face ID to work with masks in new iPhone developer beta

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Apple is testing the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask as part of a new developer beta software update, the company said Thursday.

Why it matters: Two years into the pandemic, people are ready to stop pulling a mask down to open an iPhone.

Driving the news: The new feature from the iPhone maker will rely on facial recognition focusing on the eye area to authenticate the user, according to a report from 9to5Mac, based off a tweet from Brandon Butch.

  • Apple said it released the first developer beta of iOS 15.4 Thursday, and it includes the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask.
  • A previous software update allows iPhone users to unlock their phones while masked with an Apple Watch.
  • Other features in the developer beta include new emojis: heart hands, biting lip, pregnant person and pregnant man, hamsa and several others
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