Apple confirmed last week that it would be holding a major “Spring Loaded” launch event on April 20 and it’s set to be a big night for fans of this brand. Although the stars of the show are likely to be some shiny new devices, the US technology firm could use this event to reveal when iPhone users will finally get their hands on the latest iOS 14.5 upgrade.
Unlike most of the usual monthly software updates, which fix security issues and glitches, this next release from Apple offers major changes that will bring a swathe of new and exciting features to these popular smartphones.
Perhaps the biggest news in this release is that you’ll soon be able to unlock your phone using the Apple Watch that’s strapped to your wrist. This change has been added to help users access their devices when wearing a face-covering – something that’s currently causing Apple’s clever Face ID technology some issues as it needs to see a large portion of your face to work.
As long as your Apple Watch is unlocked and near the iPhone, the device will be accessible without needing to punch in a passcode each time you want to check your emails or respond to a WhatsApp chat.
The update works via Face ID recognising you are wearing a mask and then checking to see if you have an unlocked Apple Watch on your body.
The moment that the two devices become separated, this unlock method will no longer work with a code or full Face ID check then needed.