A Bug In iOS 14.7 Is Preventing People From Unlocking Their Apple Watch With Touch ID
Apple released iOS 14.7 yesterday and the company has already had to acknowledge a bug that is preventing some people from unlocking their Apple Watch using Touch ID on their iPhone.
While this issue doesn’t appear to be affecting anyone with a device that uses Face ID, Apple has confirmed that some Touch ID devices like the iPhone SE will no longer unlock an Apple Watch after iOS 14.7 is installed.
When you have Unlock with iPhone turned on, unlocking your iPhone unlocks your Apple Watch as long as you’re wearing it. An issue in iOS 14.7 affects the ability of iPhone models with Touch ID to unlock Apple Watch.
Apple’s new support document goes on to say that users should unlock their Apple Watches via their passcode for now, but that it is aware of the issue and a fix will be applied in a future update. Apple isn’t saying when that future update will be available however, so it’s possible users will need to wait for iOS 15 to be released later this year.
While this issue doesn’t seem to impact everyone, some people have found that the problem doesn’t appear until they also install watchOS 7.6, too.
If you use the ability to have your iPhone unlock your Apple Watch a lot, it might be time to hang fire before updating.