Published: Wed, February 03, 2021
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Hands-On With the Apple Watch iPhone Unlocking Feature in iOS 14.5

Hands-On With the Apple Watch iPhone Unlocking Feature in iOS 14.5

If your iPhone detects that you're wearing a mask, it'll look for your Apple Watch to confirm your identity. Each 25- to 40-minute episode features a different celebrity, who will help pass the time on your walk by sharing stories and songs, along with photos that will show up on your Apple Watch screen.

So if you have both of these devices, congrats - you can cross one first-world problem off of your list. And if you don't, there are other workarounds, like simply typing in your passcode. 9to5Mac discovered that the beta mentions something called "FinHealth" that could be related to new financial health features for users and automatically relay suggestions that would help users with their finances.

But Apple is reportedly working to address the whole thing, with the latest iOS beta build bringing a major improvement in this regard. Keep in mind that beta versions of operating systems are not stable.

Beta testers will find new beta versions of iOS 14.5, as well as iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4. This is part of the developer beta. However, an iPhone and Apple Watch need to be close to each for the unlocking and locking issue to get sorted.

Head to Settings General Software Update and tap to install the new software.


Back in March, when coronavirus began impacting Americans within the states, iPhone users discovered that by wearing a face masks Face ID was blocked from unlocking their devices forcing them to open the Passcode enter display. The update would be joining iOS 14.5's release for the Apple smartphones, allowing the watch to somehow be an authenticator of the owner's biometrics. Otherwise, the feature won't work at all.

"In the iOS 14.5 beta 1 it seems the precipitation features from @DarkSkyApp have been merged in to the stock weather app for the U.K now too".

Make sure "Wrist Detection" is toggled on. But it's always good to double check. When a user is wearing a face mask, the iPhone will perform a Face ID scan as normal, but it will be able to detect whether or not a face covering is being worn. Sadly, I'm not creative enough to think of a name like this for my iPhone. You'll feel the Watch buzz on your wrist and a notification will appear on it letting you know the iPhone has been unlocked.

Face masks and facial recognition are a bad mix in this COVID-19 world, and a company that's been subject to this discrepancy has been Apple.

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