Apple testing faster iPhone unlock feature for mask-wearing users
Apple is testing an update that would make unlocking an iPhone faster when wearing a face mask. The Star reports:
Phone Arena reported that the new feature allows users to prompt a passcode unlock by swiping up from the bottom of the Home screen.
Before this, when Face ID unlock was set, the device would attempt to scan the user’s face and only revert to passcode unlock if it couldn’t read the user’s face.
This meant iPhone users with Face ID unlock would either need to take off their face masks or wait for a bit until the device gave up on scanning their faces.
A manual prompt would help cut down on frustrations and delay in the unlock process, which could save quite a lot of time over many unlocks throughout the day.
This feature also works with other apps that were set to use Face ID to verify purchases.
Phone Arena said the update was rolled out in iOS 13.5 beta, but is likely to be introduced to general users within a few weeks.