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Key Takeaways From Apple iOS 13.5 Update With COVID-19 Specific Features

| Published on May 22, 2020

Technology giant Apple is rolling out iOS 13.5 update with COVID-19 specific features. The update brings two major COVID-19 specific features to iPhone and iPad. The main feature is Apple and Google’s joint Exposure Notification API that will allow government and health agencies across the world to control the spread of harmful coronavirus through contact tracing apps.


Note that, these companies aren’t collaborating in making some new app but the Exposure Notification API will allow exchange and make of information between iOS and Android devices so that contact tracing apps will be able to communicate with each other seamlessly across both the iOS and Android platforms.

Both Apple and Google are also working on implementing COVID-19 tracking within their respective operating systems so that more apps will be able to make use of it. This is expected to get implemented in the coming months.

Not only this but the new features of 13.5 update will allow users of the newer iPhones and iPads to unlock their devices “faster” while wearing protective masks. Newer n this case means all iPhones and iPad Pros that have Apple’s Face ID biometrics. After updating to iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5, these devices will bypass face unlock and directly switch to passcode mode if the user has a mask on.

In addition to the usual bug fixes, another change in this update is that users will be able to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls so all tiles will remain similarly sized — as opposed to the tile of the person currently speaking becoming larger.

Article Source: FinancialExpress

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