iOS 15.4’s latest beta indicates that it will soon be possible to use the iPhone’s Face ID unlocking functionality while wearing a face mask.
According to MacRumors, there’s now a new ‘Use Face ID with a Mask’ toggle within the Settings app alongside an ‘Add Glasses’ option. The feature can “recognize the unique features around the eye” to authenticate the user.
As someone who sometimes wears glasses, I often find my iPhone 13 can’t authenticate my face when I’m wearing them, so this feature appeals to me. It would also be great to bypass the Apple Watch authentication feature and return to using Face ID again when I’m wearing a face mask (which is nearly every time I exit my home).
With all of this in mind, a feature appearing in a beta build doesn’t necessarily mean it will receive a public release. However, considering Apple’s past update history, we’ll likely see this feature included in the next public release of iOS 15.