Right now due to the pandemic, many of us wear masks when we’re out. However, the problem is that with systems like Face ID on the iPhone, wearing a mask kind of prevents users from unlocking their phones. It’s actually good that Face ID isn’t fooled by masks, but it does make the process a bit annoying.
However, a report from Jon Prosser over at FrontPageTech claims that with the iPhone 13, Apple might be introducing an updated TrueDepth sensor for Face ID that could allow it to work with masks as well as foggy glasses (which obscures your eyes). We’re not sure how it will work yet or if this might somehow compromise Face ID’s security, but it could be a lot more convenient than the current method.
At the moment, when Face ID detects a mask, it will automatically pull up the passcode function so that users don’t have to wait to enter their code. Apple later introduced another feature where users with a paired Apple Watch can actually use the smartwatch to unlock their iPhones, offering users an alternative method.
In any case, with the pandemic still very much going on, we expect that masks will be here to stay for the foreseeable future, so features like this could come in handy.