Apple will finally let you unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, but only if you have an Apple Watch

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  • Apple’s latest software update will let you unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask.
  • But there’s a catch: You’ll need an Apple Watch to use the feature.
  • Your iPhone will detect if your Apple Watch is nearby to unlock it if you have a mask on.
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Apple’s new software update will let you unlock your iPhone using Face ID when you’re wearing a mask – but only if you have an Apple Watch.

That’s because the iPhone will need to communicate with your Watch to verify that it’s you, since it can’t detect your entire face. If your Apple Watch is near you and unlocked, your iPhone will then also unlock.

To change the settings in your iPhone to enable the new pandemic-era feature, first update your device to run iOS 14.5, which became available on Monday. Then, navigate to “Face ID & Passcode” and then enable “Unlock with Apple Watch.”

Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Read more: The battle between Facebook and Apple over privacy is about more than just ads – it’s about the future of how we interact with tech

The latest iOS update also includes Apple’s “App Tracking Transparency” feature, which will require app developers to ask for permission to collect and track users’ data across their devices. Many developers took issue with the feature when it was announced in September, prompting Apple to delay it to 2021 to give more time to prepare for the update.

In December, Apple also rolled out information privacy labels that tell users how apps are collecting information about them as part of its privacy crackdown.

The new feature has angered Facebook in particular since it directly impacts the social media giant’s lucrative ad business, which relies upon data tracking to inform its algorithm that decides which ads to put in front of online users. Facebook has argued that Apple’s new feature will adversely impact small businesses since they rely heavily on personalized ads.

Facebook took out full-page ads in The New York Times in December blasting Apple’s privacy crackdown.

“Without personalized ads, Facebook data shows that the average small business advertiser stands to see a cut of over 60% in their sales for every dollar they spend,” read one of Facebook’s ads.

The two companies have a long-standing rivalry, with both taking aim at each other over business practices. Apple accused Facebook of showing a “disregard for user privacy” and Facebook has accused Apple of charging “monopoly rents” in its App Store.

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The PlayStation 5 is getting its first major system update this week, but one much-requested feature is still missing

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Sony’s PlayStation 5.

  • Just about six months after launch, the PlayStation 5 is getting its first major update.
  • The software update adds a variety of quality of life features.
  • Unfortunately, a highly-requested feature – adding additional storage space – is still in the works.
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Just over six months after the launch of the PlayStation 5, Sony is giving the console its first major software update – but it still doesn’t address the core issue PS5 users have been complaining about.

On Wednesday, April 14, the first major update is scheduled to roll out with a slew of additions and changes to the wildly popular game console.

Prime among those changes is support for USB game storage – a solution intended for users running into the PS5’s limited storage space. The PlayStation 5, like Microsoft’s Xbox Series S and X consoles, uses a new type of solid-state storage which enables much faster game loads. But games like the latest “Call of Duty” can gobble up huge portions of precious storage space, and PS5 users have been forced to decide which games to keep on their consoles.

Since PlayStation 5 games cannot be played from external storage, the addition of USB storage is intended as a temporary solution to a longer term problem. Rather than having to delete games to make space for new ones, PS5 users will be able to move a game temporarily to a USB storage device.

Sony has said that support for additional solid-state storage is in the works for the PlayStation 5, but no date has been given.

PlayStation 5 update, April 2021
Another such addition in the update is the ability to share a gameplay stream with a friend on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

“It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc,” Sony platform planning and management senior VP Hideaki Nishino said on the PlayStation blog. “It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play.”

Beyond the storage changes, a variety of smaller “quality of life” features are being added in the update: The ability to share your screen with friends over the internet, pre-downloads of game updates while the console is resting, and the ability to change which games show up in your game library are just a few.

Check out the full list of changes right here.

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