The third beta version of the developer of the upcoming watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users will especially appreciate this update as Apple Watch can replace Face ID and a password when wearing face coverage.
Here’s how Apple describes the feature of Face ID and password settings on iPhone:
iPhone can use Apple Watch to unlock when Face ID detects a fact with a mask. Apple Watch must be near, on the wrist, unlocked and password protected.
In practice, this feature is extremely convenient when checking your iPhone frequently in a public place where masks are required during the COVID-1
For example, you can check your shopping list on your phone in the grocery store without entering your password a dozen times if you use an Apple Watch with a password. If you unlock Apple Watch via iPhone with Face ID before using your mask, you can actually skip the step of entering a password on both devices.
While the feature is definitely a priority while the world works together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it has practical uses in other situations where your face is partially obscured such as wearing a helmet or face covering for professional or cultural purposes.
watchOS 7.4 for Apple Watch is currently in beta. iOS 14.5 for iPhone is required to use the unlock feature. Apple Fitness + also works with AirPlay sans live calculations such as heart rate and activity data with the upcoming watchOS and iOS versions. Both software updates are likely to be available later this month or early next month.
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