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If you’ve been having trouble unlocking your pesky iPhone while wearing a mask, you’re not alone.

As many of us are wearing facial coverings while out of the house to curb the spread of COVID-19, it’s proving difficult to use the Face ID unlocking feature in newer iPhones, like the iPhone 11. Luckily, an upcoming software update from Apple is making it easier to deal with the frustration, though not in the way you might think.

https://time.com/5830162/iphone-mask-face-id/

Fuskie
Who was hoping they would develop an algorithm that allowed the phone to figure out what you look like when wearing a mask...

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Not seeing the problem with my iPhone 11 Pro-Max, mask or not, it works it out...

An option is, like we did for fingerprint, make a secondary faceID, so either one will work, if it's really a problem..
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An option is, like we did for fingerprint, make a secondary faceID, so either one will work, if it's really a problem..

According to the article, the "alternate appearance" feature won't get around it, as the phone still can't recognize a face with a mask on it. Not sure how it's working for you.

Maybe I should try getting a mask that just looks like the bottom half of my face.

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The cloth mask that works has a simple light blue outer with tiny dots randomly on it. Someone just sent me another, dark green, little footballs, yard lines, that one does not work, The N95's, nope, so it's the pattern, it seems.. DW has had to use the code, so maybe the patch will help..
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