The official iOS 15.4 release didn't arrive with Apple's spring event as we expected, but it's still worth waiting for. Because the feature of unlocking the iPhone while wearing a mask that everyone is waiting for is finally here!
On March 14, Apple pushed out the iOS / iPad OS 15.4 update for users, the fourth major update to iOS 15 and iPad OS 15, a month after the last update. One of the biggest updates is support for using Face ID when wearing a mouthpiece.
The feature is understood to work similarly to regular Face ID, but scans the area around the eyes for authentication. It's worth noting that this feature is only supported on iPhone 12 and later models. iPhone 11 series and below, as well as iPads that support Face ID, do not have this feature.
Once you've upgraded to iOS 15.4, you can simply turn on the "Wear Face ID with Mask" switch and re-record your face data. Of course, after successful recording, you can also add your face with glasses by selecting "Wear glasses" in the settings, but sunglasses are not supported for unlocking while wearing a mask. This feature works for unlocking phones and payments, and is a more versatile face ID than the previous use of Apple Watch to unlock the iPhone. At the same time, Apple also warned that the accuracy of this method will be reduced because this facial authentication only scans the facial features around the eyes.
In addition, iPad OS 15.4 also brings universal controls, allowing users to control both Mac and iPad using the same mouse/trackpad and keyboard.
In the past two years, affected by the epidemic, users usually need to wear masks when they go out and take public transportation, which is very unfriendly to facial unlocking devices, and also makes the iPhone existing face recognition unlocking method is limited, even less convenient than the previous fingerprint unlocking, can only be unlocked by manually entering the password. Before that, the only quick way to unlock, is to buy an additional Apple Watch to assist unlock, although the unlocking speed is fast and completely senseless, but it costs at least $ 300 to achieve. But now, the iPhone finally supports wearing a mouthpiece to unlock it. This means that the epidemic environment, consumers do not need to remove the mask or enter the digital password to unlock the phone / make payments in public places, both to enhance the convenience of consumers to use the phone, but also to protect the health and safety of users.
This 15.4 official version added the function of supporting Face ID unlocking while wearing a mask, which means that users will basically have no difficulty in unlocking the iPhone during the epidemic, bringing great convenience for us to use the phone in our daily lives. It is foreseeable that with the development of the situation of normalization of epidemic prevention and control, more humanized features will continue to emerge.