iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 were both released on May 20th, 2020, to all available devices. Along with iOS 12.4.7 for older devices. iOS 13.5 is centered around COVID-19. Its biggest features involving the Exposure Notification API, developed by Apple and Google, and facemask detection.
TheAPI allows public health authorities to create CODVID-19 contact tracing apps to slow the spreading of the virus. MacRumors does an excellent job of explaining how Apple’s Exposure Notification System Works. But, the spank notes version is this. Two phones that are within proximity will communicate for contact tracing purposes. You will receive a notification if you are close to someone who has been or is later diagnosed with COVID-19.
Assuming that you have a health app installed, the Exposure Logging and Notifications is enabled under Settings > Privacy > COVID-19 Exposure Logging.
Apple’s Face ID can now detect if you’re wearing a facemask or not. When a facemask is detected, the passcode interface to be displayed significantly faster, allowing anyone to enter their unlock code.
Apple has also tweaked group FaceTime by allowing users to disable the feature that automatically expands the tile of whoever is speaking. Users can disable this under Settings > Facetime > Speaking (Automatic Prominence)
Finally, We have an update that allows users to share Medical ID information when an emergency call goes out.
Switching gears, iOS 13.5 has also patched two bugs.
- One bug is an issue where the screen will go back when streaming video from some websites.
- The other bug is an issue in the share sheet where actions or suggestions won’t properly load.