INTRO: After a little bit of testing and beta system rollouts, Apple has finally today released iOS 13.5 in a stable channel to all compatible iPhones. This new update brings some Coronavirus specific improvements to iOS. This all includes exposure notifications API, face ID improvements and Group face time improvements.
Exposure Notification API in iOS 13.5
First up, the update brings the Exposure Notification API that the company was working on for quite some time. This new API is going to help with contact tracing Coronavirus patients. However, to use this, users need to install an authorized app. So far, India is not in the list of regions where this API will work, so we can’t test it out yet.
However, the Apple and Google developed system is around the world. The feature is “opt-in” which means it is disabled by default and users will have to opt-in to use it.
Face ID Improvements for Masks
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most of us are wearing masks in all public places. Obviously, that interferes with Face ID requiring users to input their passcodes. The problem is that it takes very long for the passcode keypad to show up and that can be very annoying. With iOS 13.5, your iPhone will recognize when you are wearing a facial mask and will pop up the passcode keypad quicker which will be easy for all the user to unlock their phones quite easily.
Group FaceTime Improvements
Apple’s group FaceTime feature is pretty great, true. However, it’s auto-focus on people in the call based on who is speaking can be very distracting in larger group calls. Fortunately, with iOS 13.5, Apple allows users to disable “automatic prominence”.
iOS 13.5 is live now, So you can install it on your phone by heading over to Settings -> General -> Software Update. And enjoy the new coronavirus specific improvements. Do let us know how you guys felt about the new updates to iOS 13.5