iOS 16 Face ID Landscape Mode Feature Finally Comes To iPhone
Apple announced iOS 16 during its WWDC22 opening keynote yesterday and while it won’t be available to the public until later this year, Apple has shared more details about the update on its website.
One feature that didn’t get any announcement time but has now been confirmed, is the ability to use Face ID while in landscape mode.
Since its introduction as part of the iPhone X back in 2017, Face ID has required a specific orientation in order to work on iPhone. With this iOS 16 update, that will change. Apple simply says that “Face ID works in landscape on supported iPhone models,” with early testing suggesting that it is only functional on the iPhone 13 series of devices.
While the final iOS 16 update won’t be ready until this fall, the first developer beta is already in the hands of people who need to test their apps against it.
Those on the public beta program will also be able to install the beta themselves next month, although Apple has yet to confirm when exactly. It’s likely it will wait to see how the developer beta program progresses before confirming.
The iOS 16 update was also announced alongside iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 with all of the software updates now available in developer beta form. Expect them all to ship in or around September, alongside new iPhone 14 hardware.