iOS 14.5: Apple Just Revealed Brilliant New Face ID Feature

Dave X

Well-known Member
There are lots of cool updates in this dev beta but one really jumps out: if you have an Apple Watch, you’ll be able to use Face ID to unlock your iPhone near-instantly, even if your face is covered by a mask.

Timely may have been an understatement.

Last year, Apple changed the way Face ID worked, updating it so that it recognizes if you’re wearing a mask way faster than before and presenting the keypad so you can enter your passcode.

However, this update changes things in a whole new way and is called iPhone unlock with Apple Watch.

The way it works is this: as you glance at your iPhone, it will unlock exactly as you would expect and about as quickly, even though you’re wearing a mask.

It does this because your Apple Watch, which for this to work must be on your wrist and authenticated (that is, it can’t be locked), is in close proximity to the iPhone.

The iPhone recognizes you’re wearing a mask and the two devices confer. When the Watch confirms it’s you, the iPhone unlocks, and the Watch gives you a little burst of haptic feedback to tell you the phone is unlocked.

Alongside the haptic feedback there’s a notification which includes the option to lock the iPhone.

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iOS 14.5 Adds an Option to Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch if You're Wearing a Mask

iOS 14.5: Apple Just Revealed Brilliant New Face ID Feature
 

bransoj

Member
Buying an Apple Watch just after Christmas just got even handier it would seem. I've been using Apple Watch for Apple Pay and its so much easier than messing about with it on my phone with a mask on.
 

Inked

Distinguished Member
Downloaded the beta to both my phone and work watch earlier this afternoon, works brilliantly.
 

Autopilot

Distinguished Member
Is this actually a face ID feature, or just that it bypasses Face ID if you have your phone near?
 

neuty

Distinguished Member
Is this actually a face ID feature, or just that it bypasses Face ID if you have your phone near?
I believe like a MacBook it uses your watch as the secure unlocking method. I think it tries Face ID and if unavailable it looks for other secure methods. If no watch then a code will pop up.
 

Delta128

Active Member
Hi all

So I've installed this watchOS Beta Software Profile. It shows in my Apple Watch app. Under Face ID and Passcode, I don't have an Unlock with Apple watch option. Any ideas why and how to get it working? Mainly bought the watch for this very purpose.

Apple Watch is a Series 3.
iPhone 12 Pro running 14.4.1 so fully up to date.

Thanks.
 

Inked

Distinguished Member
Hi all

So I've installed this watchOS Beta Software Profile. It shows in my Apple Watch app. Under Face ID and Passcode, I don't have an Unlock with Apple watch option. Any ideas why and how to get it working? Mainly bought the watch for this very purpose.

Apple Watch is a Series 3.
iPhone 12 Pro running 14.4.1 so fully up to date.

Thanks.
Need iOS 14.5 beta on your phone
 

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