The feature is part of Apple's new set of beta trials for the next version of its operating system called iOS 15.4 and comes nearly two years after masks were first introduced in the United States in an effort to lessen the transmission of COVID-19.
A picture of the screen reads, "Face ID is most accurate when it’s set up for full-face recognition only. To use Face ID while wearing a mask, iPhone can recognize the unique features around the eye to authenticate."
Users will need to switch the option on manually and are given two options: Use Face ID with a mask or don't use Face ID with a mask.
"Using Face ID while wearing a mask works best when it’s set up to recognize each pair of glasses you wear regularly. Face ID with a mask doesn’t support sunglasses," a screenshot of the new feature reads.
The feature was also not supported on the 2018 iPad Pro models when 9to5Mac tried.
Previously iPhone owners were able to unlock their devices while wearing a mask so long as they had an unlocked Apple watch close enough to the phone.
However, the latest beta iOS 15.4 marks the first time that iPhone users will be able to directly unlock the device while wearing a mask using facial recognition.
The Epoch Times has contacted an Apple spokesperson for comment.
The federal health agency also removed concerns regarding shortages of those kinds of masks and they should only be reserved for health care settings.