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Apple just recently outed the iOS 14.4 update, ironing outs some kinks in HDR photography and iMessage, while including small new features like Bluetooth device categorization in Settings, or supporting tiny QR codes recognition.
Next in line is, you guessed it, the iOS 14.5 update
which is already being pushed to developers in a beta form, and this one will be much richer in terms of functions added to your iPhone. Chief among those is perhaps the tighter integration with Apple Watch
, whose next watchOS 7.4 beta was also released to devs.
Why would Apple introduce deeper connection with its own wearable, though? Well, because you can't unlock your iPhone with a mask on
now, that's why. We kid, but the ability to unlock your iPhone via your Apple Watch instead of the dreaded mask-averse Face ID routine, called simply Apple Watch Unlock, will be an integral part of the iOS 14.5 update.
How to use the Apple Watch iPhone Unlock feature in the iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 updates
- Go to Settings>Face ID&Passcode.
- Switch on the toggle.
- Wear your Apple Watch with watchOS 7.4 and wrist detection on.
- Have your Apple Watch unlocked and with passcode enabled.
- Let Face ID recognize you are wearing a mask.
- The Apple Watch will vibrate, notifying you that it has authenticated an iPhone unlock.
- Keep your mask on.
Needless to say, this looks like a stopgap solution to iPhone unlocking until Apple introduces the 2021 iPhone 12S/13
with under-display Touch ID finger scanners
. Naturally, Apple didn't plan for the COVID pandemic, leaving masked users of the sole biometric means to unlock their iPhone in a bind.
The Apple Watch Unlock feature would only work for unlocking, too, not authorizing Apple Pay purchases, credit card information in Safari, or any such sensitive matters. Hey, it's like the Unlock Apple Watch when you unlock your iPhone feature, but in reverse, more like the Unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch... but with a mask on.