Apple has released the iOS 15.4 Developer Beta 1 update for developers to try. There are a number of tested new features as well as behind-the-scenes improvements. One of the most interesting is the Face ID feature in iOS 15.4 Beta 1. That is the screen unlock mode with a facial biometric scanner aka Face ID which can now recognize the iPhone owner’s face when wearing a mask. Previously, Apple had released a feature to unlock Face ID with a mask, but you also had to use an Apple Watch for additional authentication.

Now in iOS 15.4 Beta 1, Apple is testing the Face ID unlock feature with a mask but no need to use an Apple Watch. Quoted from Apple Insider, the Face ID unlock feature with a mask is available as an additional setting in the Settings – Face ID and Passcode – Use Face ID With a Mask section. Apple explained that the Use Face ID With a Mask feature will read the face around the eyes as a biometric authentication mode. Users also have to stare at the iPhone screen to use the Use Face ID With a Mask mode.

It was also explained that the most accurate face recognition with Face ID is to use the full Face ID scanning mode. Namely the forehead, eyes, nose to around the mouth. In addition to Use Face ID With a Mask, Apple also provides additional settings, namely Add Glasses or detecting the face of a user who wears glasses while wearing a mask.

However, this feature only applies when you use reading glasses or not glasses with dark lenses. Unfortunately, the Use Face ID With a Mask feature is only available on the iPhone 12 series and iPhone 13 series devices in initial testing. Maybe Apple will add support to other devices in the next Beta. What do you think about the Use Face ID With a Mask feature on iOS 15.4 Beta 1? Interested in trying or want to just wait until this update is officially shared with general users?

By pauline