Massive iPhone update lets you FINALLY unlock with mask on – but is it safe?

People will eventually be able to unlock their iPhone while wearing a mask – although it’s less secure.

Apple is currently testing the feature, as the pandemic drags on around the world.

Face ID was once a problem for iPhone users during the pandemic


Face ID was once a problem for iPhone users during the pandemicCredit: Alamy

Though in some parts it may be a bit late now, with Britain having scrapped its face covering rules.

For those who continue to wear them, it will be a useful carry-on after two years of having to enter the passcode.

Geeks discovered the new feature is in development while testing iOS 15.4, which has yet to be released to the public.

Apple has warned users that Face ID is most accurate when it sees your entire face.

Instead, the update lets your iPhone look for “unique features around the eye area.”

But like MacRumors reported, this is less secure.

It also notes that the add-on option only works for iPhone 12 and 13 models at the moment.

Those lucky enough to own one Apple Watch got a solution for them last year.

But some smart professionals also find another way.

Although it doesn’t work all the time, technologists found that you can fool the system using the “Alternative Appearance” option.

Meanwhile, those with cheaper smartphones are becoming quite complacent during the pandemic, as less advanced technology becomes a rare advantage.

Many people use fingerprint scanning instead, which has worked well during the pandemic – and saved them from their Face ID nightmares.

How does Apple’s Face ID technology work?

Apple’s facial recognition system for the iPhone isn’t overly complicated. Here are the steps your phone takes:

  • The phone will use different sensors to figure out how much light it needs to illuminate your face.
  • It then fills your face with infrared light, which is outside the visible light spectrum.
  • A point projector will produce more than 30,000 points of this invisible light, creating a 3D map of your face.
  • An infrared camera will then record an image of this dot pattern.
  • Once your phone has all that information, it can use your facial recognition features – like the shape of your cheekbones or the distance between your eyes – to verify your identity.
  • It scores from 0 to 1, and the closer to 1, the more likely it is that your face is similar to the one stored on your iPhone.
  • Apple says there’s a one-in-a-million chance someone else can hack into your iPhone with Face ID, even though the system has been tricked with twins.
  • Still, it’s arguably better than the alternative: Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner has a one in 50,000 chance if fooled.
How to enable Touch ID or Face ID on WhatsApp for extra privacy protection

In other news, a new space station for Tom Cruise for filming caused the jaws to fall out for all the wrong reasons.

Scientists have pinpointed when they believe The sun will explode and wipe out everything on Earth in the process.

And Apple is work to fix for a recently discovered bug that could potentially expose iPhone users’ personal data.

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