When Apple decided to transition from fingerprint recognition to face recognition, it probably did not expect that the coronavirus epidemic that swept the world would directly paralyze face recognition.
Face recognition mainly relies on identifying biological facial features for verification, and the epidemic situation has caused everyone to wear masks, so the success rate of face recognition is extremely low and often cannot be verified.
This in turn forces users to re-enter their passwords to unlock their devices. Although Apple has used algorithms for multiple optimizations, it still fails to satisfy users.
So Apple brings a new feature in the iOS 14.5 beta, if you have an Apple Watch, you can directly use the Apple Watch to unlock iPhone without manually entering the password.
It includes a new feature: Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask. If you are wearing a mask and have an unlocked Apple Watch on your wrist, you can unlock FaceID on your iPhone.
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Using Apple Watch to unlock Mac devices allows users to unlock directly when they are close to the device without requiring users to manually enter a password.
Now that this feature has also arrived in the iOS system, Apple hopes to use the watch as a verification tool to help users who wear masks and cannot successfully perform face recognition.
Specifically, it used to be face recognition. If it cannot be verified, the user needs to wait for a few seconds and then enter the password, so the entire process is too troublesome to unlock.
Now Apple has improved the process. If it detects that the user is wearing a mask, it will be unlocked through the verified Apple Watch. The whole process is much smoother without delay.
However, this feature is not enabled in the beta version by default, so users need to manually turn on and pair their watches even if they have upgraded to the beta version.