Apple will let mask wearers skip Face ID
Apple’s facial recognition can be trained to recognize you with a mask on, but the company would prefer you unlock your iPhone with a passcode
With the new update, iPhone’s Face ID can detect that a user is wearing a mask and automatically switch to passcode input to unlock the phone. Since the method we used effectively hacks Face ID, making it less secure, some users may take comfort in Apple's solution.
The tutorial from Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab uses a method of setting up Face ID while a user’s face is half covered by a face mask. It works by folding a mask in half and using it to cover the left or right side of your face while following Face ID’s enrollment instructions. The trick took multiple tries for us to get it to work. Tencent also mentioned that this could compromise the security of your iPhone, noting people should follow the tutorial with discretion.