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New iPhone Update With Let You Unlock Your Phone While Wearing A Mask

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New iPhone Update With Let You Unlock Your Phone While Wearing A Mask

The new iPhone update will make is easier for people to open their phone while wearing a face mask.

The iOS 14.5 beta, which was released today (1 February), includes a nifty new feature for those who also have Apple watches.

It will enable them to unlock their device even if they are wearing a mask that covers both their nose and mouth.

According to reports, the opt-in/out setting will only work when the user's watch is already unlocked, and once the phone has been accessed, it will provide haptic feedback informing them that their device has been unlocked.

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But that's just the tip of the iceberg of technological advances being promised by the folks over at Apple.

The new iPhone update will make it easier to unlock the device while wearing a mask. Credit: PA
The new iPhone update will make it easier to unlock the device while wearing a mask. Credit: PA

When it eventually rolls out, iOS 14.5 will also include privacy changes that will demand apps to ask for permission before tracking the user's data and activity.

It will also provide updates for Siri and adds iOS and iPadOS support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers.

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Before we get there, though, Apple recently launched iOS 14.4 for iPhones and iPads, and urged all customers to download it as quickly as possible.

The tech giant revealed its security systems 'may have been actively exploited' and the new iOS 14.4 software will help protect users from attack.

In a post to its support page, Apple said the company had identified three security flaws, but that it could 'not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available'.

According to the company, two of the three flaws identified were found in WebKit, an open-source browser engine that is used by Safari. It's understood the bugs found allow hackers to 'cause arbitrary code execution'.

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The firm recently urged users to download the new update following a security breach. Credit: PA
The firm recently urged users to download the new update following a security breach. Credit: PA

A third was found in Kernel, which is part of Apple's operating software framework.

All three were reported to Apple by an 'anonymous researcher', and affect customers using iPhone 6s models and later, as well as iPad Air 2 or later.

Wired reports it's unlikely iPhone users have been hacked, but recommended installing the security update as soon as possible.

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This comes after Apple issued a warning that its iPhones could interfere with medical devices such as pacemakers and should be kept at least six-inches away from such devices.

The tech-giant explained in a new post that all its phones contain magnets as well as other components that emit electromagnetic fields.

And its these magnets and electromagnetic fields that Apple say 'might interfere' with medical devices such as implanted defibrillators and pacemakers.

All four models of the iPhone 12 contain more magnets than other handsets, because they are compatible with MagSafe accessories, but Apple says there is no reason to suggest these models 'pose a greater risk' to interfere with medical devices.

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Topics: World News, Apple, iPhone

Dominic Smithers
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