Apple Pulls Off Face ID to Allow Users to Unlock Phone with Face Mask.

In the latest iOS beta, Apple has enhanced lock screen authentication, making it easier for frontline workers who need to be outside their homes and access their iPhones during this pandemic. Check out more details here.

Updated: Apr 30, 2020 17:42 IST

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Monika

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Apple Removes Face ID.

The latest iOS update 13.5 beta is now available to download on the suitable iPhone models. Although not every iPhone user can install it, it is yet a welcome change for the users who are living in tough times. Apple has eased the authentication process to unlock your iPhone with a small change. Instead of removing the face mask to let Face ID recognize your face, a manual passcode screen to unlock the phone quickly.

The Face ID is designed in such a way that it requires a full scanning of the face with eyes open. Since wearing a face mask or a draping cloth on nose and mouth has become a standard practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, Face ID struggles to recognize the face with a cover on it.

With iPhone X, Apple ditched the Home button, and consequently Touch ID, for Face ID as the new biometric authentication for iPhone and iPad. The Face ID has been boasted as a secure way of unlocking the iPhone or authenticating payments and other activities that need the explicit permission of the user. In the lack of Touch ID on iPhone X and above, users have to wait for the passcode screen to pop up, precisely 10-15 seconds, after the facial scanning remains unsuccessful for when their faces are covered.