Fortunately, Apple is now trialling a workaround in the beta testing of iOS 14.5 which began rolling out to developers on Monday, as spotted by gadget reviews site Pocket Lint.
Unfortunately the workaround is dependent upon the iPhone user also having an Apple Watch, the cheapest of which – the Series 3 – will set consumers back £195.
The Apple Watch unlock is already available for Mac users, when the devices are paired, and will only enable people to remove their iPhones from a locked state – it won’t authenticate them when using the App Store or making an iTunes purchase.
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The move comes amid rumours that Apple will be bringing a Touch ID fingerprint reader to the iPhone 13, such as is included in the latest iPad Air, to offer two different biometric authentication methods.
Among the other features included in the update are support for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 controllers, offering users the opportunity to play games on iPhone and iPad using those gadgets.
But the most significant change coming in iOS 14.5 is Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency (ATT) features, which have provoked outcry from Facebook.
This feature will give users what Facebook describes as “a discouraging prompt” if any apps such as Facebook’s attempt to track them or access their device’s advertising identifier.
Apple responded by saying it welcomed in-app advertising and was not prohibiting tracking, “simply requiring each app to obtain explicit user consent in order to track so that it will be more transparent and under user control”.