CUPERTINO (CBS SF) – Apple’s next iOS update will help users wearing masks who can’t log onto their iPhones using facial recognition and enable contact tracing notifications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In beta versions of the upcoming iOS 13.5, the phone will present users with a passcode screen if it detects a mask, according to Business Insider.READ MORE: Wild Fan Celebration Erupts Following San Francisco 49ers Last-Second Playoff Win
The passcode will appear sooner than it does under the current operating system, or users can just swipe up to reach the screen.READ MORE: San Francisco 49ers Special Teams Spark 13-10 Upset Of Green Bay Packers To Advance To NFC Championship Game
The update will also debut a contact tracing tool for COVID-19 exposure notifications from public health officials, as part of the company’s collaboration with Google.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Forces Evacuations; 'Some Pretty Surreal Fire Behavior'
The contact tracing technology will work on both Android and iOS devices, and according to Apple, will be available sometime in May.