iOS 15.4 beta supports Face ID while wearing a mask

Apple has released the latest iOS developer beta just a few days after releasing iOS 15.3. One of the new features will be very useful for unlocking your iPhone while you’re out and about in the current climate. The company is testing a method for people to use Face ID while wearing a mask — without the need for an Apple Watch.

“Face ID is most accurate when configured for full-face recognition only,” Apple says when users enable the feature. “To verify when using Face ID while wearing a mask, iPhone can recognize the unique features from around the eye.”

The update comes nearly a year after Apple began allowing users to unlock their iPhones using Face ID while masking up. People have previously used an unlocked Apple Watch as a key.

Apple is attempting to remove that requirement in the latest beta, which will undoubtedly be music to the ears of those who are tired of punching in their iPhone passcode at the grocery store or the gym. Avoiding using your passcode in public is also beneficial to your privacy.

Other beta features include the ability to add notes to iCloud Keychain passwords and the potential to copy text from objects in the Notes and Reminders apps using the camera. Support for responsive triggers on the PS5 DualSense controller is also new, as is support for EU Digital COVID License vaccination records in Wallet, and Apple Card widget, and, maybe most importantly for many, dozens more emoji.

In terms of iPadOS 15.4, there is keyboard control and (as part of the macOS Monterey 12.3 beta) something that many Mac and iPad users have been waiting for: Universal Control. You can use this feature to control multiple Macs and iPads with a single mouse and keyboard.

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