Apple unveils iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 specific capabilities

iOS 13.5

Apple has released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 with COVID-19 specific features. The Tim Cook-owned company integrated a simplified unlock process for devices with Face ID for those users who wear masks. The system automatically displays the passcode field when the device detects that you are wearing a face mask. You can directly provide the passcode and bypass Face ID. The technique works while you unlock the device and also in apps that you make use of for payments.

The iOS 13.5 also provides support for Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps. This will help public health authorities to access the state of the people regarding COVID-19. You should that not all contract tracing apps make use of the API.

With iOS 13.5, Apple has modified the automatic prominence feature for video tiles, which appears during Group FaceTime calls. You can disable the video tile functionality so that all tiles remain the same size. The iOS 13.5 also added a module, which enables you to automatically share health and other essential information from your Medical ID during an emergency call. However, this feature only works in the US.

The latest update also includes several bug fixes. The black screen while playing streaming video has been resolved for websites. If the share sheet suggestions and actions are didn’t loaded for you in the past, then the issue has been rectified. The iOS 13.5 is currently available for download on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

If you are unable to view the update message notification, you will receive it soon via OTA. It is also advisable to charge the device completely before initiating the download process. There will be no data loss as a result of the update installation. However, if you are worried, you can capture a backup of your data.

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