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Apple Tests Feature That Will Allow Users to Unlock Phones With Masks

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According to Apple, the iPhone would use your Apple Watch to unlock when Face ID detects a face with a mask.

Once the iPhone is lifted to the face, it instantly unlocks by determining the owner due to the Apple Watch in close proximity - but users can deny the action and lock the handset.

In images of the Facebook prompt published by CNBC, Facebook has not-so-subtly massaged the narrative here to present its data-tracking policies as beneficial for showing users "ads that are more personalised" as well as for supporting "businesses that rely on ads to reach customers". However, Apple later delayed them into 2021 to give developers more time to make their software compliant. You also still won't be able to browse Fitness+ classes on your TV without one of Apple's media streamers. In an earnings call, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple is becoming one of Facebook's "biggest competitors," and accused it of using privacy as a front for squeezing out competition. If you decline, you will still see ads, but they will be less relevant to you.

The features has always been available in Apple's Mac, but due to the lingering coronavirus, the tech giant sees it being just as useful in the iPhone.

And the main recommendation was wearing a mask. If you do, your iPhone will then require your passcode to unlock.

The feature would be available right alongside Face ID as a secondary biometric option. It's also important to mention that just because a feature exists in a beta release, doesn't necessarily mean it will end up in the final version released.

I tried it out for a while today, to the amusement of my children who think it's amusing that dad is wearing a mask around the house, and it worked reliably every time.

In many states, face masks are required as officials look to stem the spread of COVID-19. It's definitely better than having to enter your passcode every time you try to look at your iPhone while wearing a mask.

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