Apple’s latest beta version of iOS 13 comes with a much-needed improvement to lock screen authentication for those who now spend a majority of their time at work or outside wearing a face mask.
Now, instead of constantly attempting to identify your face using Face ID, a process that will not work while wearing a cloth or respiratory face mask to protect against COVID-19, iOS will now pull up the manual passcode option after one swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The change — which should eventually arrive in the standard, non-beta iOS release — will be a welcome one for any iPhone user who no longer has a model with a physical home button.
If you’re a user of the iPhone X, XS, or 11, you’re probably well-accustomed to the frustrations of trying to use any one of those devices or their Plus or Pro variants while covering your face, as the software will insist on trying to authenticate biometrically instead of just kicking you to the passcode screen. It can often take upwards of 10 to 15 seconds and numerous swipes to force iOS to let you input your code. Not only that, but the user interface design could put iPhone users at risk if they feel like they have to quickly remove their masks just to unlock their devices.