Feb 2, 2021

Apple Face ID to work for mask wearers

The next update to the iPhone operating system will let owners use a face scan to unlock their handsets even when wearing a mask - but there is one big caveat. At present, trying to use the Face ID feature with part of the face covered triggers a screen asking users to type in their passcode, which many find frustrating. Users also need to be wearing one of Apple's more recent smartwatches. In 2020, Chinese researchers suggested Face ID could be unofficially reset to recognise masked faces by folding a mask in half, holding it over the lower part of the face and rescanning. There is no official solution for Android devices using facial-recognition unlocking.

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