Monday, May 4, 2020

Faster Face ID Failing With a Mask

Juli Clover:

In the iOS 13.5 beta, released this morning, Apple has streamlined the speed with which the passcode pops up when a person wearing a mask is detected, making it easier to get into an iPhone with a passcode when Face ID fails.

Speedier access to the passcode interface is noticeable when you swipe upwards on the Home screen when unlocking the iPhone , as this action now immediately brings up the passcode interface if your face is covered by a mask.

John Gruber (tweet):

iOS 13.5 is clearly going to make this better by just skipping right to the passphrase screen, but it turns out you can jump to that screen immediately in the current version of iOS just by tapping the “Face ID” text label in the center of the screen. I had no idea this text acted like a button, and never would have guessed that it did. If only there were some way that on-screen elements that act like buttons could be made to look like buttons…

Willi Kampmann:

Even if that invisible button looked like an actual button, it still wouldn’t be obvious because why would you tap the “FaceID” button to cancel FaceID and go straight to codeID


Update (2020-05-19): Javier Soto:

iOS 13.5 is shipping with an improvement for FaceID with masks (showing the passcode prompt right away), but they still have the same bug where if you start typing it right away, it misses the first key press 🤦‍♂️

It’s the same “iOS calculator can’t do math” bug all over again.


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