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iOS 14:15: How to unlock your iPhone with an Apple Watch

One of the first features to gain widespread attention from the iOS 14.5 beta release was the ability to unlock your iPhone using an Apple Watch. You can understand the interest — as good as Apple’s Face ID unlocking technology is, it’s been rendered useless during the coronavirus pandemic as most of us are now donning masks. Coverings deprive the iPhone’s TrueDepth camera of the info it needs to correctly identify faces.

Apple’s introduced some workarounds, like calling up a passcode unlock screen when Face ID detects that you’re wearing a mask. But the iPhone unlocking feature in iOS 14.5 comes the closest to working the way face unlocking is intended — unlocking your phone just by glancing at it, even if you also have to be wearing an Apple Watch to do it.

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