Unlocking iPhone when wearing a mask can be difficult or even annoying. Now the Apple Watch comes to make your life easier with a new feature to unlock your device, while also offering AirPlay 2 compatibility with Apple's new Fitness Plus workout service.
Apple has not revealed the official release date for the next round of software updates, however the public beta of WatchOS 7.4 gives us a taste of all the new features that will come "equipped" with the new Apple Watch.
Unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch
With the latest update to WatchOS 7.4 (and iOS 14.5 on iPhone), you'll be able to select an iPhone feature that lets you use Apple Watch for Face ID authentication when you cover your face with a mask.
To enable the feature, both the Apple Watch and the iPhone must run the latest version of their respective software, as well as be password protected.
If you enable Apple Watch Unlock, you will be able to unlock your iPhone by simply lifting the phone and the screen will turn on. As soon as you pick up the phone in your face, tactile data will be entered and you will feel a vibration in your Apple Watch. This vibration on the watch means that the phone is now open for use.
However, you should keep in mind that the phone and the watch should be very close. So, it is better to pick up the phone with the hand on which you are wearing the watch for easier unlocking. However, this feature is only for unlocking the iPhone and nothing else. You may be prompted to enter your password during the first test, but after that you can swipe up to unlock iPhone with Face ID.
Transmission of Fitness Plus to Airplay 2 devices
If you have an Apple Watch and are trying out Apple's new Fitness Plus, you will now have more ways to work out. You can now stream the Apple Watch workout service to any device or TV with AirPlay 2. When it was released, the service was only available for viewing on iPhone, iPad, or later Apple TV.
You still have to choose a workout in the Fitness Plus app on your iPhone or iPad. You can then either tap the broadcast icon in the lower right corner of the screen or select "Screen Mirror" in the Quick Settings section for broadcasting to a device.