Wearing a face cover while attempting to open your iPhone with Face ID is a baffling encounter. Face ID, Apple’s facial recognition technology, requires your eyes, nose, and mouth to be noticeable for it to work. That makes an obvious issue for the individuals who are wearing a facial covering while in broad daylight. The most recent iPhone programming update, iOS 13.5, incorporates a flattened out procedure that works admirably of taking out a few, however not all, of the frustration.
Apple released iOS 13.5 today with two new features that are a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic: changes to Face ID to make it easier to unlock your phone if you’re wearing a face mask and support for the first phase of Apple and Google’s jointly-developed exposure notification system that will allow governments and health agencies “reduce the spread of the coronavirus” through contact tracing apps. The Exposure Notification API will allow interoperability between iOS and Android devices so contact tracing apps built on top of the technology will be ready to communicate with each other seamlessly across both the iOS and Android platforms.
After installing the new update, you’ll no longer have to wait for Face ID to fail several times before you’re asked to enter your PIN code. Now, after Face ID fails for the primary time, otherwise you swipe up from rock bottom of the screen, you’ll be able to enter your PIN-code and unlock your phone or approve an Apple Pay transaction.
What’s new in iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5
The most important change that the iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 updates bring to your Apple device or devices is the improvement related to the unlock process for devices using Face ID. The updates speed up access to the passcode field when the face recognition technology detects that you’re wearing a face mask — or anything that hides half of your face. This makes it easier to unlock your iPhone or iPad without removing your mask.
Before the latest updates, the unlock process offered by Apple would prompt Face ID to unlock again if it got failed in the first attempt. The new change, however, omits that second attempt and allows you to slide up to bring the passcode screen. This is something that we saw in a testing phase on the iOS 13.5 beta late last month. It works not just with the default unlock screen but also when authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID.
This change is limited to the iPhone and iPad models that have Face ID support.
The new iOS and iPadOS updates also bring the option to control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls. This lets you decide whether you want the video tile of a participant to become larger automatically when they speak. The option is enabled by default, though you can disable it by going to Settings > FaceTime > Automatic Prominence.
How to download iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5
The iOS 13.5 update is available for all iPhone and iPod touch models compatible with iOS 13. Similarly, iPadOS 13.5 is compatible with the iPad devices supporting iPadOS 13.
You can check the availability of the update on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad device by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Make sure that your device has a sufficient amount of battery and is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
How Face ID works with iOS 13.5
The change to Face ID in iOS 13.5 is subtle and doesn’t have any sort of settings or toggle for you to change. Face ID will now only try to recognize your face once before asking for a PIN or password. Alternatively, you can swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen to go straight to the PIN prompt — no Face ID interaction required and your phone is still secure.
Whatever you do, don’t quickly pull down your mask to unlock your phone. Doing so defeats the purpose of wearing a mask in the first place, which is to help slow the spread of coronavirus through person-to-person transmission.
If you’re too annoyed or frustrated with Face ID to use it, you can always turn it off.