Apple solves facial recognition problem caused by masks

With masks, facial recognition is not working as it should

SINCE the coronavirus pandemic has made it necessary for everyone to wear masks, using FaceID on iPhones isn’t quite as good as it was supposed to be.

The FaceID has difficulty at recognising users when half of their faces are covered.
However, Apple has come up with a solution and has this week introduced in iOS 14.5 a feature which will allow people to unlock their phone or show notifications even when they are wearing a mask. But there is a condition: they must be wearing an Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch will send an authentication approval to the iPhone when the Face ID feature recognizes the user is wearing a mask and this will allow them to unlock the device without needing to type in a passcode.
By swiping upwards, they will see the message “Unlocking with Apple Watch” and the iPhone will unlock.
This can only be used for unlocking the phone and will not be available as a function to carry out purchases with the device or to use as other passwords.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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