Face ID to work with masks in new iPhone developer beta
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