iOS 13.5 brings face mask and contact tracing app improvements
Apple’s reputation for timely and accessible software updates have come through for iPhone users with the introduction of iOS 13.5 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we prepare to reopen our countries in stages, face masks and contact tracing apps will be part and parcel of our daily lives in order to contain and monitor the disease. Apple’s iOS 13.5 software update will equip your iPhone with improvements to make these new lifestyle habits easier.
Flagship options from the 2017 iPhone X onwards have relied on Apple’s Face ID for security. With most opting to wear face masks while outdoors, iOS 13.5 now speeds up access to the passcode field for quicker access.
Contact tracing apps by public health authorities like Singapore’s TraceTogether can now also take advantage of the new Exposure Notification API to track physical contact with potential carriers and push notifications to users.
To access these vital features, go to settings > general > Software update to manually install the update. The full list of updates that come with iOS 13.5 can be found here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210393#135
During this outbreak, Apple had also channelled some profits from its 2nd generation iPhone SE to international COVID-19 response.