Apple is testing new iOS software that will allow people to unlock their iPhone’s face recognition security tool, Face ID, if they also happen to be wearing an Apple Watch, according to CNN report on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Face ID recognizes when someone is wearing a mask and triggers the passcode entry screen to appear an update Apple started testing on May. On other hand, the update will only work to unlock the phone; users will still need to type in a passcode to make transactions through Apple Pay, the App Store or iTunes if wearing a mask.
The latest update is both another step forward for supporting mask wearing during the pandemic and a potential incentive for the firm customers to purchase a smartwatch, or at least use the one they have more frequently.
While Apple’s latest mobile operating system launched in September, the company continually releases updates to fix bugs or introduce new features. Also due later this spring, the firm is expected to introduce a new requirement for users to give explicit permission for apps to track them across the internet.
Moreover, the firm is increasing production capacity for smart speakers, earphones and computers in Southeast Asia as part of its ongoing diversification strategy.