There were a lot of exciting announcements that came out of WWDC, but one update that Apple didn’t mention on stage is that iOS 16 will bring support for using Face ID in countryside.
As shown on Apple’s iOS 16 preview page (thanks @ParkerOrtolani for tracking), Apple says you’ll soon be able to unlock your iPhone, make payments, autofill passwords, and more. with Face ID when your phone is tilted horizontally. You can already use Face ID when your iPad is in landscape mode, so extending the feature to iPhones is overdue. When the feature is disabled, you won’t have to make sure your phone is in portrait position to use Face ID, which can be a little annoying if your phone is often turned sideways.
Apple says the feature is only available on “supported iPhone models,” but it doesn’t explicitly mention which ones. The edge contacted Apple with a request for comment, but did not immediately respond. It’s just one of many features coming with iOS 16 this fall, including customizable lock screens, the ability to edit iMessages, and updated notifications. Here are all the details.