Apple Update Alerts When Someone With Covid-19 Is Near

Joanna Estrada
May 23, 2020

Apple has released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 for iPhone and iPad, respectively.

This means that iPhone users will no longer need to pull down their face mask to unlock their smartphone using FaceID, which defeats the point of wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus. The objective of these contact-tracing apps is to notify people when they may have been in contact with an infected person.

iOS 13.5 will make life with a face mask a little easier. To use it, you must. buy it from the App Store.

iOS 13.5 also comes with an Exposure Notification API.

It seems that right now there is no workaround or fix for this, or whether this is a cloud/server-side problem, or whether this is indeed a bug built into iOS 13.5, which would require a patch. We detail Apple and Google's Exposure Notification system in our guide here. According to 9to5Mac, the update includes the first version of the company's Covid-19 exposure notification API. Apps from governments and health authorities from more than 22 countries have signed up to participate, meaning COVID-19 apps that use Exposure Notification should be coming soon. Tap the box that says COVID-19 Exposure Logging with the word "Off" underneath it.

"Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android". Our technology is created to make these apps work better. The effort requires transparency from the public and organizational efforts from health authorities.

Unlocking newer iPhone models that use Face ID can be annoying during the current pandemic. "This update also introduces an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls and includes bug fixes and other improvements", explains Apple on its iOS support page. The option is enabled by default, though you can disable it by going to Settings FaceTime Automatic Prominence. Also, the UI will now show the passcode field automatically after swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen.

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