Apple releases iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5 updates, focuses on FaceTime, Face ID, and COVID-19 contact tracing fixes

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5, the current updates to its mobile operating systems. The updates provide considerable fixes and improvements and also focus on speeding up access to the passcode field when wearing a face mask, introduce the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing, and provide various bug fixes and other improvements.

The full release notes for iOS 13.5 & iPadOS 13.5 are as follows:

Face ID and Passcode

  • Simplified unlock process for devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask.
  • Passcode field automatically presented after swiping up from the bottom of the Lock screen when you are wearing a face mask.
  • It also works when authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID.

Exposure Notification

  • Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.
  • Option to control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks.

Emergency Services

  • Option to automatically share health and other essential information from your Medical ID with emergency services when you place an emergency call (US only).

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

  • Fixes an issue where users may see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites.
  • Addresses an issue in the share sheet where suggestions and actions may not load.

The update can be located, downloaded, and installed by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update on your device.

If you have actually had a chance to try either iOS 13.5 or iPadOS 13.5 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments section.

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