Your iPhone Now Understands Your Masked Face

You look at your iPhone and wait for Face ID to recognize you and unlock the phone. Instead, you get a digital head shake. It’s your own fault, but it’s easy forget you’re wearing a face mask to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19. Now, Apple’s promised mini fix is live with iOS 13.5.

Not a fix: Apple did not train your TrueDepth camera at the top of your iPhone X and above (not counting the new iPhone SE) to see through an N95 mask. Instead, this update makes it a little less annoying when the phone doesn’t recognize you and theoretically cuts down wait time to unlock by bypassing the digital head shake and going straight to the screen where you can enter your pin.

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