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Apple Releases iOS 13.5 With COVID-19 Exposure – Here’s How it Works

iPhone App Development June 10, 2020
MApple Releases iOS 13.5 With COVID-19 Exposure – Here’s How it Works

[vc_row][vc_column][blog_single_full_content]The global pandemic has shifted everyone and everything digital. There was a time when the new Apple devices and iOS versions were revealed in the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), one of the biggest tech events. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the biggest event has gone digital and the newer version of iOS is released with Covid-19 exposure. iOS 13.5 is here with some exciting features for the users to use.

But, the feature that takes all the spotlight is exposure notification API supporting Covid-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities. Also, Face ID enhancement while wearing a mask and enabling group FaceTime is also quite in the buzz. The newer version shows the importance of taking precautionary measures during the Covid-19 crisis.

The best part about the group video call is that it allows the user to pick tiles for the user. There are also other bug fixes and interesting features.

Let’s jot them down one by one.

Features of iOS 13.5

Unlocking Face ID with Mask

Unlocking Face ID with MaskIt’s really difficult to unlock a phone with Face ID while wearing a mask. Well, not anymore with the launch of the newer version of iOS. Now the iPhone supporting 13.5 versions can unlock their phones even when they are wearing a mask. The newer version is very stable and makes it quicker to unlock the phone with a mask.

It means the newer version of iOS has a faster passcode interface. Unlock your iPhone faster than before with passcode. This update can be a boon for the people working in the healthcare sector as they have to wear masks all the time and it becomes a hassle to remove masks while unlocking the phone.

This feature also comes in handy when users are trying to authenticate with the app store, iTunes, or any other apps that support signing in with the Face ID.

Adjust your Group FaceTime

Adjust your Group FaceTimeAnother feature that iOS app development service will have to integrate into their next app is adjusting tiles in-group FaceTime. The Apple users now have an option to control automatic prominence on FaceTime calls for group.

This way the group tile will enlarge when any member of the call speaks. The user can control it if they don’t want it. It totally depends on their convenience. Users can access these features by updating their phones to iOS 13.5 through the OTA update in the settings app.

Changes to the Medical ID

medical IDIt is a feature that allows you to record your medical data in case of emergency purposes. The Apple users can set their devices in a way to share their medical ID and data with the 911 operators. In a situation where you place a call from a location with an enhanced emergency, the data will be shared securely with the call center.

Well, for now, this feature is available only in the US. But, you never know in no time it might be available in different countries as well. Till then access and be happy about the features that are available and you can use it.

Covid-19 Exposure Notification API

One of the attention-grabbing features of this version is the Covid-19 notification feature. Google and Apple conjointly worked to develop and deploy contact tracing API for the Covid-19 crisis. This feature helps the official involved in the healthcare sector to develop apps and stop the spread of the virus that has put the entire globe under threat.

How to use iOS 13.5 to track Covid-19?

If this question is in your head, here’s the answer: The API provides you with an option to know the people you have come in contact with over the last 14 days. You will receive a notification in case any of the people you connected with tested positive. You can take adequate measures in time if you know something like this has happened.

With the API running in the background, the Apple device will send out a beacon through Bluetooth for exposure notification API to download a list of keys for verified beacons to the people having positive corona test results and check with the present list.

COVID-19 Exposure LoggingYou can activate this feature under Settings – Privacy – Health – Covid-19 Exposure Logging. Please note to install an approved application from the Public Health Authority. If you don’t install it, you won’t be able to turn this feature on.

Bug Fixes

One of the issues Apple users faced was of black screen when they try to stream videos from different video streaming apps. This has been fixed in the newer version of iOS. Another bug that is no more in the new version is the share sheet where actions and suggestions don’t load.

Well, not anymore!

It also has 41 new security patches that protect your device from any security threat. A bug where HomeKit recordings were incorrectly playing is also now fixed. The issue that affected the Mail app on the iPhone and iPad is also resolved with the new update. Previously attackers can remotely hack an iOS device by sending emails that take huge memory. Well, not anymore.

Which iPhone devices are Compatible with iOS 13.5?

iOS 13.5 is one of the major updates and here are the types of iOS devices compatible with the newer version:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2

iOS 13.5 Reviews

If your device is currently running on 13.4.1, you will see a big Download size when you are looking for installing iOS 13.5. This is because it includes changes in all the previous iOS updates that you have skipped.

It won’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete the download of the iOS 13.5 update if you are using a 13.4.1 version. If you are using iPhone X, it will take 7 minutes to complete the installation.

Read Also: How to Create a Fully Secure iPhone Mobile Application for Your Business

Here are some of the observations about the newer iOS version:


  • The newer version has stable battery life.
  • GPS and cellular data are also very stable.
  • Bluetooth is 0077orking normally as before.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is very reliable and fast.


The speed of the newer version is as fast as iOS 13.4.1. If your iPhone is experiencing any issues in its previous version, you would want to install iOS 13.5 right now. Experience the best speed of all times.


First-party apps like Safari, Calendar, and Podcasts are working fine in the newer version. Coming to the third-party apps like Twitter, Slack, Asana, Netflix, Gmail, Chrome, Dark Sky, Spotify, and other apps are working fine with the newer version. iPhone app development company has worked very hard to make this version match the user’s expectations.

iOS 13 Jailbreak

unc0ver jailbreak iOS 13.5The current jailbreaking tool supports the current version of iOS. The developer of iOS jailbreaking has released a new version of 5.0.0. It is compatible with the latest version of iOS 13 and all the previous versions going back to iOS 11. The updated jailbreak tool is compatible with all the devices compatible with iOS 13 along with the newer iPhone models as well.

What’s coming next?

iOS 13.5 is the last upgrade for now in the iOS 13 pipeline. ios 13.5 release date was fixed and as per the plan, it was successfully launched. It’s unclear when iOS 14 will be in the market.

Till then enjoy the current version, its interesting features especially the COVID-19 tracing feature. Apple has been working hard on its 14th version and we expect Apple to push its beta version shortly around June after its WWDC 2020 keynote.[/blog_single_full_content][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pratik Kanada

I am Pratik Kanada, founder & CEO of 360 Degree Technosoft, which makes app ideas into reality by providing unique design and development services across iOS and Android platforms. I generally write blogs on mobile technology, app development and app marketing.

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