iOS 14.5, released to the public earlier this year, brought an important new feature that allows users to unlock an iPhone using Apple Watch instead of Face ID when wearing a mask. With iOS 15, Apple extends this feature by enabling personal requests to Siri when the “Unlock with Apple Watch” option is turned on.
The “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature is designed for users of iPhone models with Face ID who are unable to unlock the device when wearing a face mask. However, iOS 14 only uses this option when the user tries to use the device and the TrueDepth camera detects a mask.
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In earlier versions of iOS, you had to approve when you ask Siri to do things like change phone settings, but now this is no longer necessary if you have an Apple Watch. There’s a new message explaining that the “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature now works with Siri for personal requests under Face ID and the Passcode menu in the Settings app.
Use the secure connection to the Apple Watch for Siri requests, or to unlock your iPhone when an obstacle, such as a mask, prevents Face ID from recognizing your face. Your watch must be password protected, unlocked and on the wrist nearby.
If you have your Apple Watch unlocked and on your wrist with this option enabled, you can now ask Siri to read your messages or change iOS settings without having to hold the iPhone, unlock with Face ID or enter your password.
iOS 15 is now available as a beta version for developers, and a public beta will be available in July. However, the official release will come this autumn. The update provides fundamental changes to notification management, new features in iMessage, more privacy controls, and more.
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