Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

iOS and iPadOS 15.4 Released

Federico Viticci, MacStories:

While regular Face ID works with full-face recognition, enabling this toggle makes Face ID less secure but adds the convenience of unlocking a phone when you’re out and wearing a mask without having to type in your passcode or use Apple Watch unlock. It’s a compromise you have to be willing to accept, and it’s exactly the option I wanted Apple to roll out two years ago when the pandemic hit.

Between January, when the first beta of iOS 15.4 was released, and today, many regions around the world have stopped requiring the wearing of masks in public places. I wish this feature was developed and released earlier in the pandemic but, given that it requires an iPhone 12 or newer model, there is probably a technical reason why it was not.

Also in this release: Universal Control, albeit still defined as a beta. Be sure to check out Viticci’s typically comprehensive exploration.