iOS 14.5, which was released to the public earlier this year, brought a major new feature that allows users to unlock an iPhone with the Apple Watch instead of Face ID when wearing a mask. With iOS 15, Apple extends this feature by enabling personal requests to Siri when the “Unlock with Apple Watch” option is enabled.
The “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature is designed for users of iPhone models with Face ID who cannot unlock the device while wearing a face mask. However, iOS 14 only uses this option when the user tries to use the device and the TrueDepth camera detects a mask.
Now with iOS 15, announced this week at WWDC 2021, Apple is also using the same feature to enable personal requests for Siri without requiring Face ID or password authentication.
In previous versions of iOS you have to authenticate when you ask Siri to change phone settings, for example, but now this is no longer necessary if you have an Apple Watch. There’s a new post explaining that the “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature now works with Siri for personal requests under the Face ID & Passcode menu in the Settings app.
Use the secure connection with your Apple Watch for Siri requests or to unlock your iPhone when an obstacle, such as a mask, prevents Face ID from recognizing your face. Your watch must be password protected, unlocked and close to your wrist.
If you have your Apple Watch unlocked and on your wrist with this option enabled, you can now ask Siri to read your messages or change iOS settings without holding your iPhone, unlocking it with Face ID, or entering your password .
iOS 15 is now available as a developer beta and a public beta will be available in July. However, the official release is coming this fall. The update brings fundamental changes to notification management, new features in iMessage, more privacy controls, and more.
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