Apple will update iOS to that Face ID automatically deactivates when the user is wearing a mask.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the users of recent iPhone have a new problem : when they are wearing a mask, the facial recognition is almost unusable to unlock these devices (unless you use this trick that is not 100% reliable).
But fortunately, the firm of Cupertino is preparing to propose an update of its operating system that detects when the user wears a mask and that toggles the mode from unlocking to entering the code of the iPhone.
As reported by the site 9to5Mac, Apple has just released a beta of iOS 13.5. And in addition to a first version of its API follow-up contacts (to curb the spread of COVID-19), the firm has also included the update that detects the masks in this beta. For the moment, the latter is intended for the developers. But normally, the news that there are expected to arrive during the deployment of the next update to the mobile operating system.
A small feature that will be practical during the déconfinement
In essence, when the mask is detected, the iPhone no longer attempts of unlocking by facial recognition (which would lead to a failure), but the request directly to the input of the code. On the other hand, when the user is not wearing a mask, he will be able to unlock his iPhone with Face ID.
This new feature will be very handy when déconfinement, during which the port mask will be recommended or even mandatory for some places, such as in public transport.
In relation to contact tracing, 9to5Mac says that the new beta of iOS also includes information for the API. ” The iPhone uses Bluetooth to securely share your login credentials random with nearby devices and collect their ids. This enables an application to inform you if you may have been exposed to the COVID-19. The identifiers are random are deleted after 14 days. The applications that you authorize can warn you if you are exposed to the COVID-19. You can also choose to share anonymously your diagnosis COVID-19 “, read-on in the iPhone settings on the new beta of iOS.
As a reminder, Apple and Google plan to deploy their API to the general public in the month of may. In a first time, the API will allow health organizations to alert smartphone users if they have been exposed to people who test positive for the coronavirus, via mobile applications. But later, the two companies could integrate functionality of tracing contacts directly on Android and on iOS.
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