IOS 14.5 lacks mask unlock.
There is nothing to unlock my phone when I wear a mask. I did some investigating and found only those who own an Apple Watch will get this feature. This is probably meant for force those who want this feature to buy an Apple Watch. Not me, I have no use personally. I'll have to stick to the hassle and use my numerical password.
14.5 doesn't lack mask unlock; the watch has always been a component of it from day 1. I don't think it's a ploy to sell watches, but rather the "mechanics" of it.
The watch can be unlocked once the phone recognizes you w/o a mask (or by your code...
It says right in this article: "for users with an Apple Watch".
Our original article on this feature back in February was careful to say: "provided the user is also wearing an Apple watch".
That's always been the promise.