Apple’s latest iPhones rely on just one method of biometric authentication and that is Face ID, which is making it difficult for users to unlock their iPhones, since everyone these days is wearing a face mask. The other option to unlock the new iPhones is to enter passcode, which can get hectic when done constantly. As a result, Apple is offering users a solution to this problem, via the Apple Watch.
With the new iOS 14.5 update, Apple users who own the Apple Watch can authenticate and unlock their iPhone while wearing the Apple Watch on their wrist. The trick was already available for Mac and now Apple has made it available to iPhone users as well.
The way this trick works is that you lift your iPhone to turn on the screen, and you’ll feel a little nudge of haptic feedback on your Apple Watch, which will indicate that your iPhone has been unlocked. You must also make sure that both the devices are in close proximity and that the Apple Watch is not locked.
There is still one setback to this authentication trick, which is that it won’t work as an authentication method when making App Store and iTunes purchases. Moreover, according to feedback from Mac users, the feature hasn’t been as reliable to use.
Recent reports suggest that Apple may shift to in-screen fingerprint reader to complement Face ID for the iPhone 13. Since the latest iPad Air also features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor within the power button, it is possible that Apple would provide more options to users in terms of choice in future iPhones.