SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has reportedly introduced a brand new Face ID feature to unlock the iPhone without having to take off the face mask that people have started wearing a lot lately due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the latest beta release of iOS 13.5.
According to a CNN Business report, Face ID will recognise when someone is wearing a mask and therefore the iPhone will pull up the passcode entry screen after swiping up from down below the screen with no more looking for users' face.
However, the Face ID tool still won't unlock the iPhone unless the user takes off the mask, but it'll make the switch to the passcode-unlock option faster.
Apple has not disclosed when iOS 13.5 is going to be finalised and released for the entire public.
Not every feature that shows up in an iOS beta gets included in the final release, but this one looks like a necessary change and it's likely to make its way for users.
iOS 13.5 also will introduce Apple's contact-tracing API, meant to assist with efforts to tackle the coronavirus by tracking contact with people that are confirmed to be infected.