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This might alleviate some annoyance the next time you’re out in public.

The latest software update from Apple allows users to open their phone with Face ID while wearing a mask.

If you have an iPhone, you’ve probably noticed Face ID doesn’t work while wearing a mask or face covering.

Now, Apple’s IOS Beta 15.4 update uses the function to identify the top portion of a user’s face to unlock their phone, according to TechCrunch.

But, it’s only available on iPhone 12s or newer.

Because the feature only uses half of a user’s face, it could potentially be less secure, which is why Apple is also allowing people to opt-in or out to use it.

Are you glad the Face ID/mask option is now available? Will you use it?