Apple's iOS 13.5 update will make it easier for users to unlock their iPhones when wearing a protective mask
- An update in iOS 13.5 will make it easier to unlock an iPhone with a mask on
- It will send users wearing protective masks directly to a password screen
- Currently, Face ID must fail several times before requesting a password
- The update could help people remove masks
A new feature in an upcoming iOS update will make it easier for users to unlock their iPhones while wearing a mask.
As noted by a TechCrunch report, videos shared on Twitter show an updated unlocking process in iOS 13.5 that brings users directly to the secondary passcode manager's manual if Face ID detects that they are wearing a mask.
This saves users the trouble of trying and failing to unlock their device with Face ID and can also help prevent unsafe practices.
Theoretically, the new feature will help some to avoid potentially unsafe situations where people may be asked to remove their masks to unlock their device.
Currently, users are forced to wait until Face ID fails to check their biometrics and are then asked to enter a six-digit password to unlock their device.
It's unclear if the new feature will actually roll out with the release of iOS 13.5 or if it will make its way into later updates.
New feature of Face ID on site, Apple will begin rolling out technology designed to support an incoming batch of COVID-19 tracking apps.
According to a report form The Verge, after a trial phase that started this week, companies are set to release an initial version of an application programming interface (API) to some developers who don't work for agencies public health in the next few weeks.
Those APIs can develop apps through agencies that interface with Google and Apple's databases to extract things like Bluetooth information recorded from people's smartphones.
Apple will release an API for developers who design apps that notify people when they come in contact with a person who does not have COVID-19 (stock)
Specifically, you apps would allow public health agencies to alert people who may have been exposed and quarantine them or seek testing.
The companies are expected to release APIs on a larger scale mid-next month, according to The Verge.
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