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NYC Asks Apple To Make It Easier To Unlock Phone Without Removing Masks

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  • New York’s mass transit agency is calling for Apple’s CEO to “accelerate” the implementation of new technologies that enable passengers to unlock their phones without removing their masks due to reports of subway riders removing their masks to unlock their devices.
  • Apple has already introduced improvements to its software, including enabling consumers to access the passcode field immediately after the user swiped up from the bottom of the screen in version 13.5 of iOS.
  • The MTA chief said there were reports of New Yorkers not wearing their masks on the subway and that his department would be willing to collaborate with Apple to make people aware of the change to Apple’s software.
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New York’s mass transit agency is calling for Apple’s CEO to “accelerate” the implementation of new technologies that enable passengers to unlock their phones without removing their masks due to reports of subway riders removing their masks to unlock their devices.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Patrick Foye wrote a letter— first reported by the Associated Press— to Cook on Sunday urging Apple to “accelerate the deployment of new technologies and solutions that further protect customers in the era of COVID-19.”

Since the pandemic began, Apple has already introduced improvements to its software, including enabling consumers to access the passcode field immediately after the user swiped up from the bottom of the screen in version 13.5 of iOS. Users previously had to wait several seconds for the lock screen option to appear. 

The MTA chief said there were reports of New Yorkers not wearing their masks on the subway and that his department would be willing to collaborate with Apple to make people aware of the change to Apple’s software.

In response, Apple said that it was “fully committed” to “continuing to work with the MTA to support their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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