Face ID now works with a mask

Apple released iOS 15.4 for everyone after just over a month in beta. The update is quite significant for many users because, finally, it will be possible to unlock certain iPhones with Face ID while wearing a mask.

In addition, iOS 15.4 arrives in time to receive the iPhone SE 2022 and the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro in green. Although booking for these started the previous week, it will be next Friday that buyers will start receiving their devices.

It is however important to mention that the arrival of iOS 15.4 does not mean that all iPhones with Face ID will be able to be unlocked by wearing a mask. Unfortunately, this feature will be limit terminals of the two most recent generations. It’s the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 —and their respective Pro variants, of course—.

Although Apple has not explained the exact reasons for this decision, it is very likely that it is due to a technical limitation of the processor of the previous models. The complete list of iPhones compatible with this function, below:

If you have one of these devices, keep in mind that face mask unlock will not be enabled by default. So, you have to enable it manually in the settings.