If you previously set up your iPhone to unlock with your Apple Watch and recently upgraded to an iPhone 13, a software bug may have prevented you from doing so.
Thankfully, a fix is available, and once installed, you shouldn’t have to rely on Face ID (or, worse, type in your passcode) any longer.
According to the changelog, the latest iOS 15 update (iOS 15.0.1) brings bug fixes, “including an issue where some users were unable to unlock iPhone 13 models with Apple Watch.”
Apple introduced the unlock with Watch feature in watchOS 7.4 earlier this year to make it easier to access your iPhone while disguised.
This feature was later broken by a subsequent iOS and update, necessitating the installation of another over-the-air package to repair.
Apple recently acknowledged that this was also not working on some iPhone 13 models, and promised that a fix would be available soon.
The iPhone 13 was only released on September 24th, so this problem was caught early.
Though it’s nice that the update has arrived days later, it’s interesting to see how the company has struggled with this feature in recent months.