Update Face ID with a mask tidbits: iOS 15.4, supported iPhones, glasses, Apple Pay, more

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Apple has released iOS 15.4 beta 1 to developers and public beta users. With this version, the company is finally testing the ability to use Face ID with a mask. Here’s everything you need to know about this upcoming feature.

Just after you update your iPhone to iOS 15.4, a new prompt screen will appear explaining the new “Use Face ID with a mask” feature. Even though Apple actively gives users this new option, the company let its customers know that Face ID is most secure wi5 full-face recognition only:
“Face ID is most accurate when it’s set up for full-face recognition only. To use Face ID while wearing a mask, iPhone can recognize the unique features around the eye to authenticate.”

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The latest operating system for iPhones will be available next week, Ars Technica has learned. iOS 15.4 will bring the ability to unlock your iPhone via facial recognition while wearing a mask, among other additions. We expect this to be the last major update to the OS before iOS 16.

iOS 15.4 entered beta in January, giving us a peek of new features. Apple didn't provide a specific release date for the OS but did say yesterday that the new green iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will come with iOS 15.4 and will be available on March 18.