iOS 14.5 is set to make life easier for us all during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve all experienced first-hand, the stress that comes with trying to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask.

You’re stood at the front of the queue in Tesco, eagerly trying to use Apple Pay to cover the cost of that night’s dinner and it simply won’t work.

No matter how wide you open your eyes or how hard you glare at your screen, the same message flags up; Face ID not recognised.

It seems that face masks are here to stay and while we appreciate them keeping us all safe, this Face ID problem is beyond irritating.

Apple have once again come to save the day and their latest iOS 14.5 update includes a major enhancement for using Face ID while wearing a mask. The only small catch is you need to be wearing your Apple Watch or have it close by.

The dynamic duo.

With the first developer beta of iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, your iPhone will now unlock even when you’re wearing a face mask.

We’ve all watched the relationship between your iPhone and Apple Watch blossom over the years, but now it’s levelled up. The dynamic duo will be working together to wave goodbye to your mask problem once and for all.

Face ID on your iPhone will detect that you’re wearing a face mask, whether it’s a generic blue one or a sparkly Hello Kitty one that you borrowed from your daughter, it doesn’t matter.

When it picks up on this, it will use its power of recognition and search for your Apple Watch. Many of us have taken to wearing them wherever we go at the minute, trying to complete our rings and count our steps – after all, what else is there to do?

Three photos of the Apple Watch with different colour straps.
Your Apple Watch is the key!

If you fall into this category or your Apple Watch is nearby unlocked, you’re iPhone will unlock.

If you’re worried about the security side of things, don’t panic. Apple have literally covered all ground and the new update lets you quickly lock your iPhone again, using your Apple Watch.

One thing to bear in mind here is that if you disable the Apple Watch wrist detection feature, this new update won’t benefit you – this has come from Apple themselves!

They keep striving to make things easier for us in this pandemic and they’ve certainly come a long way since their last Face ID update. Back in April when COVID-19 was new and unfamiliar, they made it easier to skip the Face ID prompt.

This got rid of the stress of having to try Face ID several times before being asked to enter your password. iPhone users can now skip straight to the passcode screen and get into their mobile so much faster!

The passcode screen on an iPhone.
Apple have been helping us since the beginning.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, iPhone users have been pleading with Apple and Twitter saw an influx of tweets, begging for the mask Face ID feature.

Apple, the people pleasers that they are, have finally answered your wishes.

Apple: the secret superhero.

Apple hasn’t released the final version of iOS 14.5 yet; it’s only available as a developer beta. If you fancy being one of the first and want to take this new feature for a test drive, you’ll need to have an Apple Developer account.

We don’t think it will be long before you can download the finished version, though, and boy will it be worth the wait. If you fancy treating yourself to a new iPhone, ahead of the update, we’ve got some incredible deals on the very best that Apple has to offer.