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Unlock with Apple Watch Not Working? Here's How to Fix the Problem

Monday August 16, 2021 10:21 am PDT by
When Apple introduced iOS 14.5 in April, it introduced the ability to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, so long as you are wearing an Apple Watch. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In the current health climate, many people are wearing masks that cover their faces when going outside, visiting stores, and other tasks, which is why Apple added the...

How to Easily Unlock Your iPhone with a Mask

Tuesday May 5, 2020 8:01 am PDT by
In the current health climate, many people are wearing masks that cover their faces when going outside, visiting stores, and other tasks, and Apple's iPhones that use Face ID do not unlock when the user's face is obscured by a mask. With this in mind, in iOS 13.5, Apple has streamlined the speed with which the passcode pops up when a mask on the face is detected, making it easier to get into ...

How to Discreetly Disable Touch ID and Face ID on an iPhone

Friday September 22, 2017 9:07 am PDT by
There's an Emergency SOS feature built into iOS 11 that has hidden functionality -- it automatically disables Touch ID and makes it so your passcode has to be entered to unlock your iPhone. Because it essentially shuts down the biometrics on your device, you can't be compelled by a police officer or malicious person to unlock your iPhone with a fingerprint, nor can your fingerprint be used to...

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Face ID With a Mask: How It Works and What You Need to Know

Wednesday February 2, 2022 2:07 pm PST by
For many people, Face ID has been frustrating to use for the past two years because it doesn't work with a face mask, but that's changing in iOS 15.4, an update that's currently available to developers and public beta testers. iOS 15.4 adds Face ID with a Mask, letting you unlock your iPhone with Face ID even when your face is covered, so Face ID is as convenient with a mask as it is without ...

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iOS 16 Adds Support for Landscape Face ID

Monday June 6, 2022 1:26 pm PDT by
On supported iPhone models running iOS 16, Face ID is able to work in landscape mode, making it easier to unlock the ‌iPhone‌ when it's not held in the standard Portrait orientation. There isn't a lot about the feature on Apple's website at the current time, but it sounds like it will offer a much improved unlocking experience. Apple does not specify which iPhones are considered "supported ‌i...
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Apple Now Offering Face ID Repairs for iPhone X Without Replacing the Entire Device

Wednesday April 6, 2022 5:38 am PDT by
Apple has expanded its program that allows customers to get their Face ID system repaired without replacing the entire device to the iPhone X, according to a memo seen by MacRumors. The ‌iPhone‌ X was initially excluded from the list for this program. Apple launched the program last month, giving Apple Stores and authorized repair centers access to parts for the TrueDepth camera system and...
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iPhone 15 Pro Rumored to Feature Under-Screen Face ID System From Samsung

Tuesday March 22, 2022 7:38 pm PDT by
Samsung Display is developing new under-panel camera technology that Apple plans to use to hide Face ID under the display on next year's tentatively named "iPhone 15 Pro" models, according to sources cited by Korean website The Elec. While rumors suggest that this year's "iPhone 14 Pro" models will feature both a "hole-punch" and a pill-shaped cutout for the front camera and Face ID...
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Apple Can Now Repair Face ID On Your iPhone Without Replacing the Entire Phone

Wednesday March 2, 2022 7:59 am PST by
Apple and its service partners can now repair Face ID on an iPhone without replacing the entire device, allowing the company to offer cheaper and more environmentally sustainable means of device repairs to customers. As MacRumors reported last week, Apple Stores and authorized service providers would soon be receiving parts of the TrueDepth Camera system, including the front-facing camera...
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Apple Will Soon Offer Face ID Repairs Without Replacing the Entire iPhone

Thursday February 24, 2022 4:59 am PST by
Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will soon be able to repair Face ID on the iPhone XS and newer without having to replace the whole device, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source. Apple said authorized technicians will soon have access to a new TrueDepth Camera service part containing all Face ID and front camera modules, allowing for...
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Technology to Embed Face ID into MacBook Displays 'Doesn't Exist,' Says Gurman

Monday February 7, 2022 3:07 am PST by
Apple's first Mac with Face ID is unlikely to be a MacBook because the technology necessary to embed the authentication hardware into a thin notebook display still doesn't exist, according to well-connected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. Gurman's latest thoughts on the subject appeared in the Q&A section of his latest "Power On" newsletter. On whether ‌Face ID‌ will ever come to the Mac,...
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iOS 15.4 Will Let You Pay With Apple Pay Using Face ID While Wearing a Mask

Friday January 28, 2022 2:00 am PST by
Apple yesterday released the first developers beta of iOS 15.4 with several notable new features. Perhaps the biggest is the ability to use Face ID to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask, without requiring an Apple Watch to do so. In another noteworthy addition, you can now also authenticate Apple Pay transactions while wearing a mask for the first time. With the release of iOS 14.5 and...
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Recapping Rumors About Under-Screen Face ID and Touch ID on Future iPhones

Thursday January 13, 2022 3:17 pm PST by
Earlier this week, display industry consultant Ross Young claimed that iPhone 14 Pro models will feature both hole-punch and pill-shaped cutouts that replace the notch. If this design proves to be accurate, it rules out Face ID fully under the display this year. In light of this latest rumor, we have put together a recap of everything that we have heard so far about Face ID and Touch ID on...
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Face ID Under the Display Returns to Being an iPhone 15 Pro Rumor

Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:16 am PST by
Based on the latest rumors, it is now looking unlikely that iPhone 14 Pro models will have Face ID under the display as initially claimed. Earlier today, display industry consultant Ross Young claimed that iPhone 14 Pro models will feature both hole-punch and pill-shaped cutouts near the top of the display. Young believes the hole will be for the Face ID dot projector, while the pill-shaped...
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iPhone 13 May Feature Upgraded Face ID That Works With Masks and Foggy Glasses

Wednesday August 25, 2021 8:55 am PDT by
Apple is currently testing new Face ID hardware that could allow users to unlock their iPhone while wearing a mask or foggy glasses, according to leaker Jon Prosser. Render of the upgraded ‌Face ID‌ prototype case. Via his website FrontPageTech.com, Prosser explained that Apple is testing more advanced ‌Face ID‌ hardware using a case that fits snugly around an iPhone 12. The case allows the ‌...
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Gurman: Face ID on the Mac Coming Within a 'Couple of Years'

Sunday July 25, 2021 7:09 am PDT by
Apple plans to bring Face ID to the Mac within the next "couple of years," respected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman said today in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter. In the newsletter, Gurman says that he believes Apple's ultimate goal is to shift all of its products to ‌Face ID‌, including the lower-end iPhones such as the iPhone SE and the iPad Air, which feature Touch ID....
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Face ID for Mac Delayed

Friday February 19, 2021 11:35 am PST by
Apple's plans to bring Face ID authentication to the Mac this year have been delayed, according to a recent report. ‌Face ID‌ debuted in 2017's iPhone X and has been a key feature of Apple's flagship iPhones ever since, with the iPad Pro also gaining the facial recognition system in 2018. Apple's ‌Face ID‌ feature allows a device to be unlocked with a facial scan and is limited to the ‌‌iPh...
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Bloomberg: Face ID for iMac Likely Pushed Back to Second Iteration of Upcoming Redesign

Friday January 22, 2021 2:56 am PST by
Apple is believed to be working on redesigned versions of the iMac that feature the biggest design overhaul to the ‌iMac‌ line since 2012. However, Apple's Face ID facial recognition authentication system is likely to feature in the second iteration of the redesign rather than the first, which is due this year, according to a new report today by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The tidbit came at...
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iPhones and iPads Could Someday Automatically Adjust Screen Orientation Using Face ID

Thursday April 2, 2020 11:20 am PDT by
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published a new Apple patent application that describes a facial recognition system like Face ID being used to automatically update the orientation of a device like an iPhone or iPad, as noted by AppleInsider. The patent notes that the portrait or landscape orientation of a mobile device is currently determined using accelerometers or other sensors...
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Kuo: 2021 iPhone With Touch ID Power Button to Feature LCD Display

Wednesday January 29, 2020 9:11 am PST by
Apple plans to release an iPhone with a Touch ID power button on the side of the device in the first half of 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo has now revealed that the iPhone will feature an LCD display, further suggesting that it will be a lower-cost model. Last month, Kuo claimed the device will lack Face ...
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Barclays: iPhone 12 Models Will Have 'Refreshed' Face ID System, Lightning Connector Could Be Dropped in 2021

Thursday January 16, 2020 4:45 am PST by
iPhone 12 models will feature a "refreshed" front-facing TrueDepth system that benefits Apple supplier Lumentum, according to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O'Malley, and Baylie Harri. This suggests that Face ID could be improved on iPhone 12 models, but no specific details were provided. In a research note provided to MacRumors, the analysts added that the rear-facing camera system ...
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Google Pixel 4's Face Unlock Feature Works With Eyes Closed, Sparking Security Concerns

Friday October 18, 2019 3:52 am PDT by
Google has ignited security concerns over the facial authentication system in its new Pixel 4 smartphone by admitting that it will unlock the device even when the user's eyes are shut. Google unveiled the Pixel 4 this week to mostly positive reviews, many of which praised the phone for its super-fast new face unlock system, which replaces the fingerprint sensor and works much the same as...
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Apple's Greg Joswiak Says Touch ID Will 'Continue to Have a Role'

Monday September 9, 2019 6:37 am PDT by
Apple's vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak recently spoke with the UK's Daily Express about the future of its biometric authentication systems, noting that while Face ID will be expanded to more devices over time, Touch ID will "continue to have a role" for the foreseeable future. "Certainly, we'll continue to put it on more devices but also ‌Touch ID‌ will continue to have a...
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Bloomberg: Apple Planning iPhone With Both Face ID and Touch ID Under Display by 2021

Thursday September 5, 2019 5:31 am PDT by
Apple is developing an in-display fingerprint scanner for future iPhones, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu. The report claims Apple is considering including the in-display scanner in a 2020 iPhone if testing is successful, but adds there is a possibility the tech will not be ready until 2021. This lines up with a prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who expects...
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Researchers Demonstrated Method for Bypassing Face ID on an 'Unconscious' Victim's iPhone Using Glasses and Tape

Thursday August 8, 2019 3:03 pm PDT by
During the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas, researchers demonstrated a Face ID bypass method that used glasses and tape to unlock and infiltrate the iPhone of an "unconscious" victim. According to a report from Threatpost (via iMore), researchers from Tencent aimed to fool the "liveness" detection feature in biometrics, which is meant to distinguish "real" from "fake" features on people. ...