Apple has steadfastly stuck with a single biometric authentication method on its new iPhones—Face ID. In the era of frantic hand sanitising and wearing face masks daily, though, it can be a hassle having to enter your passcode manually and constantly throughout the day. However, the upcoming iOS 14.5 update (now in developer beta) introduces a new, handy trick to unlock your iPhone—with the condition you own an Apple Watch.
I know I’m not the only one who’s irked when donning a face mask and struggling to unlock my iPhone with Face ID. There are essentially three options: temporarily remove your mask to unlock with your face; wait a couple of seconds (and sometimes more) for passcode unlock; or use an Android phone/iPhone with a fingerprint sensor. Depending on my mood, I do one of the three. Well, the good news is, Apple has stepped up to make the experience better. With the latest iOS 13.5 update, it’s much quicker and simpler to unlock your iPhone when you’re wearing a face mask.
Apple has announced that it is temporarily closing its 42 stores in mainland China, as the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreads. As of 2 February 2020, there are 14,411 confirmed cases in China with 304 deaths. Outside of China, confirmed cases top 146 across 23 countries, with the first death reported in the Philippines.
According to findings from BGR, Apple‘s carrier partners are testing iPhone models with LTE capability. While there is no evidence of which particular models are being tested (iPhone 4, 4S or 5?), internal iOS test builds from one of Apple’s major carrier partners reveal a property list (.plist file) for LTE.
The rumor mills are going berserk over when Apple’s iPhone 5 will be launched and apparently the September 7th “Special Event” is off. Sources suggest a September announcement with availability in October.