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Face ID still remains the biometric authentication method of Apple’s latest series of smartphones. The cutting-edge tech that makes our lives far more convenient. Unfortunately in light of the pandemic, our lives have changed dramatically and the majority of us are spending more hours with a face mask on than we are with it off. Basically, it means that you’ll have to constantly enter your passcode during the day. Yet, Apple has invented an easier way to get into your phone while you’re wearing a mask, as long as you’ve got an Apple Watch.

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The new iOS 14.5 update will bring new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 support for controllers.

The new iOS 14.5 update benefits were first divulged over at Pocket-lint. If you haven’t already heard it has the new app tracking transparency controls and permission pop-ups that have companies like Facebook nervous about. 

Other cool things it will bring with it will be new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 support for controllers. It also has an update for 5G dual-sims and some new Siri functions. She will now be able to call an emergency contact for you. But to help with your Face ID woes that isn’t what we are here to talk about.

Although it is currently in Beta mode the new Apple Watch unlock capabilities look like a promising solution to our newly unrecognizable face problems.  Already available for the Mac, Apple now offers this convenient trick for the iPhone too, so basically, this fix has existed before. Using the Apple Watch on your wrist to authenticate our already complicated pandemic-centric lives a little easier. Now we will be able to unlock our devices whilst adhering to preventive safety measures.

The devices need to be in very close proximity but it works in exactly the same, symbiotic manner. When you lift your iPhone and flick the screen on it will communicate with your watch to unlock it. YOu will feel it as haptic feedback. The devices only communicate in a small radius to make sure that none of your data is accidentally shared elsewhere. And still, you’ll have to put in your passcode once in a few hours daily (even when unlock with Apple Watch is enabled), as a final security check.

Obviously, your watch needs to be unlocked to interact and authenticate with another device. And as Chris Welch points out in his article over at theverge; the new shortcut will only work with the unlocking process on your iPhone. That means that other operations that require your Face ID will still be an issue to get around. If you want to make any App store or iPhone purchases you’ll have to do it from the comfort of your own home where you don’t have to don a mask or go through their other authentication methods which can be a pain in the backside.

In the past, this feature hasn’t always worked well for Mac owners, so it’ll take some testing to see whether Apple has made it more seamless on the iPhone, which people unlock more often throughout the day. There is no reason why it shouldn’t be more capable now, Android users have their new “smart lock” setting which functions pretty well. 

We could well be in for much bigger changes in the security department from Apple in the future anyway. The Wall Street Journal recently blabbed that Apple may be leaning towards the integration of an in-screen fingerprint reader in addition to their Face ID tech for their iPhone 13 series. They featured their new Touch ID fingerprint sensor harbored inside the power switch on their latest iPad Air.  So it can be done, it is just a question of will it? Given the current situation, we are in with facial recognition locks if Covid continues to dominate our lives, then Apple would be wise to consider all their options for future iPhones.

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