With the arrival of iOS 14.5 today, face mask wearing iPhone users can bypass Face ID and use an unlocked Apple Watch to get into their phone
The update includes a redesigned Apple Podcasts with users able to save and download episodes, along with Dual SIM support for 5G and enhancements that will lead to improved battery life and data usage. Those subscribed to Apple Fitness+ will be able to stream video and audio to AirPlay 2 enabled devices.
You can now install iOS 14.5 on your iPhone
Apple also released watchOS 7.4 to help support the new iPhone unlocking feature. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to My Watch > General > Software Update and tapping on install. The watch must be on a charger and have enough battery life to install the software.
You can also update directly from the Apple Watch by going to General > Software Update and tapping on install. A new option in the Face ID & Passcode menu says “Unlock with Apple Watch” which must be enabled for the feature to work.