Technology iOS 13.5 is out now with a faster way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask
Apple iOS Face ID update lets users unlock their device without removing their mask
A recently released beta version of iOS 13 allows users who have Face ID enabled to unlock their iPhone more quickly without having to take off their mask or change their security settings. On Wednesday, Apple released the latest version of iOS 13 -- iOS 13.5 beta 3 -- to developers, revealing that iPhone owners will soon be able to unlock their Face ID-enabled device without having to remove their protective face masks. Instead of the device continuously attempting to unlock the phone biometrically, the phone will automatically prompt a user to instead manually input a passcode.
Apple released iOS 13.5 today with two new features that are a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic: changes to Face ID to make it easier to unlock your phone if you’re wearing a face mask and support for the first phase of Apple and Google’s jointly-developed exposure notification system.
On previous versions of iOS, if you were wearing a face mask and tried to use Face ID to access your phone, you’d have to wait for a couple seconds while your iPhone attempted to identify your face before it would let you enter a passcode. In iOS 13.5, though, if you swipe up once from the bottom of the screen while you’re wearing a mask, you’ll see the option to enter your passcode right away.
Apple offers a faster way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask
Apple is rolling out an easier way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask. © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 11: Customers who got appointments wearing medical masks wait to enter Apple Store in Berlin, Germany on May 11, 2020. Apple Store was opened after about a 2-month break. Germany gradually began to ease the precautions taken on March 22 against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
iOS 13.5 also supports Apple and Google’s exposure notification API, meaning you’ll be able to use apps developed by public health agencies that send you a notification if you may have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The system is inactive until you have an app installed that uses the API, however.
At some point in the future, Apple and Google will build this functionality directly into the operating systems of their phones so that you can be notified that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 even if you don’t have an exposure notification app installed on your phone. You can read more about Apple and Google’s exposure notification system.
Today’s software update will also let you turn off the feature in Group FaceTime calls that automatically changes the size of the participant windows when people speak.
Apple rolls out iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 features .
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 13.5, is now available to download. The update brings several new features, including the COVID-19 exposure notification the company has been working on with Google. Technology can help health officials rapidly tell someone they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Today the Exposure Notification API we created with @Google is available to help public health agencies make their COVID-19 apps effective while protecting user privacy.