Face ID with a mask is coming, but only for iPhone 12 and 13


Masks aren’t going anywhere, at least for now. It seems Apple has accepted this as the latest beta software on the iPhone allows you to use Face ID with a mask on without using an Apple Watch. However, you must have a newer iPhone to take advantage of the change.

We first heard about the change to Face ID yesterday, but Cult of Mac did some extra research and found that you can only benefit from unlocking your iPhone while wearing a mask if you have an iPhone 12 or 13. Older models will be unlocked as they always have, even after updating to iOS 15.4.

In addition, after further testing, it was discovered that you can use Face ID with a mask with Apple Pay, which is a major upgrade from the way Face ID and Apple Watch work on current iOS versions. You can also use it to unlock protected apps.

Currently, iOS 15.4 is in beta, so you’ll need to enroll in Apple’s beta program if you want to unlock your phone with a mask on. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the new iOS version to roll out to the general public, which should be early Spring 2022.

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