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Apple's next iOS update could make it easier to unlock an iPhone while wearing a mask.
That is if the owner is also wearing an Apple Watch.
Apple space ID was originally designed to be a quick way to unlock an iPhone by scanning the owner space as a biometric password.
But the feature has been useless during the covid 19 pandemic, because if you're wearing a face mask, it won't work.
However, the new developer beta of iOS 14.5, released Monday reveals Apple has a workaround.
If the phone detects a mask, And if the Apple Watch is on your wrist nearby, and if it is unlocked and if the watch uses a passcode Well, the phone will then unlock.
Using an Apple Watch for security verification already is a thing on Mac computers.
It may be a few months before this feature comes to everyone on the iPhone.
The beta version of iOS 14.5 also has another new privacy feature.
It will require apps to ask for user permission before tracking data and activity.
And Facebook, which makes money from tracking data has some beef with Apple on this feature.
When iOS users get a prompt from Apple, asking if they give Facebook permission to track them across apps and websites.
Facebook will then be showing its own prompt right afterward, reminding users of the benefits of personalized ads and how it's used by small businesses.
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