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Apple has released iOS 13.5 and the most notable updates include Face ID security’s passcode field and the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.
Your mask, Face ID and passcode
If you’re an iPhone and Face ID user, you’re no stranger to the struggle that is unlocking your phone while sporting a face mask. Now, the alternate passcode field will appear after swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen when wearing a mask.
This change will take place on all Face ID unlock platforms including App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay and iTunes. An API for Exposure Notification to support COVID-19 tracing apps is also included in the latest update.
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What else does iOS 13.5 include?
Along with simplified security measures, 13.5 and 13.5.1 will include the following updates::
- Control of automatic prominence during group FaceTime calls so tiles don’t enlarge when a participant speaks
- Option to share automatic health information with Emergency Services through Medical ID
- Fix for users who see a black screen when trying to stream video from some websites
- Fix for a loading issue in share sheet for suggestions and actions
- General security updates recommended for all users
Should I upgrade to iOS 13.5 and 13.5.1?
With many contact tracing apps in development and public mask usage recommendations from many local governments, iOS 13.5 seems to be especially beneficial for iPhone users navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. iOS 13.5.1 also comes highly recommended by Apple, although further details on the “important security updates” are not specified.
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